About Kleroteria

The Name

Kleroteria were ancient Greek lottery machines used in Athenian democracy. They selected citizens for public service to councils, juries, or public office. The singular form is kleroterion.

You can read more about them here.

Prior Art

The Listserve was a previous email lottery (and maybe the first). Now defunct, its posts are archived here.

The Lottery

Once the list is large enough, subscribers will be randomly chosen at a regular interval. Subscribers may be chosen more than once.

When chosen, a subscriber receives an email with a link. They may choose to submit a post at that link.

Posts must be text-only, under three thousand characters, not advertisements, and free of illegal or hateful content (as determined by manual review). All posts are licensed under CC-BY-3.0.

When sent, no information about the post’s author is included automatically. Authors may identify themselves if they like.

The Icon

The icon is “Email Users” by Aneeque Ahmed.


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