A democratic domain is a domain wholly controlled and formally owned by collective action and responsibility of its users, donors and other supporters. It has no "owner", and the domain holder is merely a trustee without power to dispose of the domain asset. All participants will have agreed to govern reflexively and be bound by rigid legal and administrative processes. An example is a political party's web service which is ultimately controlled by a process that guarantees democratic control of party offices. Wikipedia may also be an example once Jim Wales is gone, but certainly not before.
The "democracy" goal is one of six major objectives of putting open politics in force. That ruleset increases the ability to govern reflectively until at some point the confidence is achieved to abandon single command hierarchy over the domain:
- clear, simple, improving process vocabulary (R) - get the words right! especially all control verb
- assistance is available to anyone excluded - allowing new troll point of view to evolve
- commands and content easily translated (C) - though translation is not provided necessarily
- degrees of consensus explicitly defined (R) - increasing predictability of resolution
- political virtues taught and encouraged (R)
- clear process to "take over" the service (R), or at least franchise or fork the service (R), or at absolute minimum a clear process to remove particular persons from posts