This comment is in response to this thread on Ingenuitas.org but I thought it should be posted here as well.
I had seen this before; I just hadn't had time to look at it. As somebody that would like to see many of the same objectives reached I would like to share my thoughts.
Focusing a site like this on Scottish politics is a bad idea. Doing so will make the site into a niche and would never give it the opportunity to make it into the Core Zone of websites that are talked about in section 2c Geography in the RFC. Instead, I think it would be a good idea to not focus on any one country or region or any single subject. I believe it would be a good idea to make broad topics for people to discuss issues under so the users can decide which issues are important to them, much like I am trying to do on Ingenuitas.org.
Also, I think that the way Gordon Guthrie is going about constructing PolicicalDiscussion.org is too structured. It is my opinion that people will not contribute the same way in a structured environment as opposed to an environment that will change to the needs of the users. If people don't have the ability to mold the communications medium to their liking a community will not form. And in the end how can you have reasonable political discussion without a community? For without an all encompassing community there cannot be politics on a large scale, only tensions between separate communities.
These are some of my initial thoughts, as I think about the issue more I will add to and amend what I have said. This is something that I would like to have as an ongoing topic of conversation on Ingenuitas.org. Sites like PolicicalDiscussion.org, Quorum.org, and Kuro5hin inspire me and give me hope for the future. It shows that there are some people that still think the people can enrich their government through discussion and that people might even have the ability to self govern. I do hope that these sites, as well as mine, survive in the long run and are able to accomplish some of their objectives.