If the source already exists on Considdr, you can search for it in the search bar. Otherwise, you can enter the source into the database by clicking “Notes” in the navigation bar at the top of the page, then “Take Notes”, and then entering the source information.
Once on the Source page, click the blue “Take Notes” button. A Note box will appear underneath prompting you to begin your Note with a quote. Copy and paste, or manually enter, a quote from the source and press enter. You can continue adding quotes by clicking the Take Notes button. At any point, you can briefly summarize your quote in the text box that appears above it. Before your Note is ready to post, a final text box will ask you to include a question that your Note addresses.
To post a Note, click the green post icon. On the following screen you can select the Note’s privacy setting and chose to which Stories (if any) you want it added.
Considdr can be thought of as a database of Notes and their sources, where Notes come from a wide variety of sources (online or offline, textual or otherwise) and are all formatted in the same way.
The source you want to add—whether it’s an article, book, video, podcast, lecture, or something else—may already exist on Considdr. Try searching for it in the navigation bar at the top of the page. If you find it, it will link you to the Source page. With the pin icon on this page, you can save the Source to your profile or directly to specific Stories.
You may want to add a source that isn’t already on Considdr, so that you or others can take Notes on it. To do this, click “Notes” on the navigation bar at the top of the page, and then “Take Notes”. From here, you can either enter the URL for the source (if you have one) or enter the source's citation information manually. Once submitted, the Source will be saved to your profile.
Starting with a quote directly from a source ensures that Notes are grounded in published information. Of course, the accuracy of the quote will always be debatable. It’s for this reason that each Note features the source information and a flagging button.
The argument captures a quote’s most important points, making the information more quickly accessible and consumable for you and others. The process of summarizing a quote also helps you absorb the information and improves the likelihood that you’ll remember it.
The question lends context to your Note and gives readers an idea of its original scope and purpose. It is a vital step in avoiding the misinterpretations that often accompany quotes out of context. Adding a question also dramatically increases the value of your Note site-wide by making it more searchable for others to use.
The Opinion is a new way to present what you believe and the factors, in the form of Notes, that led you there. It is a representation of your reasoning process and it’s supported by evidence from verifiable sources.
Your Opinion can consist of Notes that you’ve taken, Notes that others have taken, or a combination of the two. You may want to take some Notes before creating your Opinion, or you may want to jump right in using Notes that already exist in the database.
You can create Opinion in response to discussion questions in Stories or on your own if there's a question you want share your opinion.
The Opinion is designed to be a continually evolving representation of your reasoning process in response to a given question. It can be questioned and adapted, and you can see how it’s transformed over time by clicking “Last Updated” at the bottom of the card.
The Notes that populate in the lefthand column when you first create your Opinion have been gathered from all public Notes across the platform by relevance to your question. You can refine the search results with the filter so that only Notes that you have taken or have saved will appear. You can also filter by Story, if you know that Notes relevant to your question have been saved to a certain Story.
Notes will gain influence when they are used in others’ Opinions, and Opinions will gain influence when others find them interesting, save, or follow them. The relative influence of users’ responses to Notes and Opinions is still being tested and changed. Generally, the more points a piece of content has, the more persuasive it is, and the more frequently it has been used to inform others’ understanding of certain topics.
Verification signifies subject-matter expertise. Verified users have established themselves - through education, profession, and/or investment in an issue - as a reliable resource on their given topic.
We review user requests on a case-by-case basis, depending on expertise demonstrated on and/or off of Considdr.