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Dotmocracy is an established facilitation method used to describe voting with dot stickers,[1] also known as “multi-voting”, “dot-voting”[2][3] or “voting with dots”.[4] In Dotmocracy participants vote on their favorite options using a limited number of stickers or marks with pens - dot stickers being the most common. This sticker voting approach is a form of cumulative voting.

Process specifics[edit]

The Dotmocracy process includes the following steps:

  1. Participants are each given a set number of dot stickers (as decided by the facilitator)
  2. They place dot stickers next to options presented that they like (they may place any number of their dots on any number of the options)
  3. Options with the most dots at the end of voting “win”

Variations include using different colour dots to signify different values, e.g. green for "like" and red for "dislike".


Th origins of dot-voting are unclear. Professional facilitators have been said to use it since the 1980s[citation needed].

Between 2004 and 2014, Jason Diceman published "Dotmocracy Sheets" and a "Dotmocracy Handbook" on his website Dotmocracy.org. Although the original Dotmocracy Sheets did use stickers, it quickly evolved to be vary different than dot-voting.[5] In September 2014 Diceman renamed his web site and materials as idea rating sheets[6]


Dotmocracy has been criticized for limiting creativity and diversity of ideas, and giving confusing or false results. Dot-voting is like a one question multiple-choice survey done with stickers. Participants are expected to review, consider and compare all options before sticking their dots. As a result too many option can be overwhelming and thus facilitators are encouraged to amalgamate and generalize unique ideas into broader and less specific concepts.

New options cannot be added once dotting has started, as this would not be fair to the new additions.

Similar or related options are penalized, as these can cause vote-splitting.

Participants can easily cheat by adding extra dots, peeling off dots or moving dots.

Often people will simply add their dots where everyone else has dotted, without considering their own opinion on all the options, thus an example of the Bandwagon effect.

See also[edit]


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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:11:15 -0700

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:34:55 -0700

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