FAQ

Here are some common questions we get.

Video: Considdr Introduction



Why should I use Considdr?
To follow and engage with Stories across many sources over time
Considdr is the only place you can learn about an issue or topic through crowdsourced Notes. This enables you to see a diversity of perspectives and data as you follow Stories of your interest over time. You can also engage with Story curators in subtantive discussion using our groundbreaking reasoning tool!

To take notes and keep track of your reading
You can take Notes on Considdr using quotes from outside Sources, and so you'll always have acces to them, you can save those Notes to a Story where you and others can access them later.

To instantly access the media you and others consume to inform your discussions
There's no more forgetting that article you read last week, last month, or last year. You have easy access to your own Notes as well as others to inform your discussions on Considdr. We hope this ability makes it more likely for us to disagree productively and gives us the ability to learn where others are coming from.

Ultimately, to develop well-balanced opinions.
You can form "Opinions" -- either in response to a discussion question or just on your own if you have a question you'd like to think more deeply about. Our patent-pending reasoning tool makes it easy to weigh a diversity of perspectives and data from many sources. And our patent pending suggesiton algorithm Logical Aggregation will continually suggest relevent information to consider so that your Opinions are always up to date with the latest info!


Stories


What is a Story?
Stories make following a topic or issue from many perspectives easy!
Stories are collections of issue or topic-specific crowdsourced Notes from published sources and Opinions from Considdr users, curated by an individual or team. Following the Story makes it quick and easy for you to get the most important points from newly published material on the Story topic -- from many different sources, not just one. You can also dig deeper by engaging in a dynamic Q/A with the Story curators or followers.
What do Story curators do?
Story curators save Notes and Opinions from across Considdr and host discussions around an issue or topic they're passionate about.
Sometimes curators will have taken these notes themselves, but the power of crowdsourcing means we're all working together. The best Stories have a team of curators who typically come at an issue from more than just one perspective. Stories help curators demonstrate subject matter expertise in a given area and keep their research and thinking about it all in one place!
How do I invite Friends to follow a Story?
Share your Stories!
You can easily share your perfectly curated story and invite others to join discussions there by clicking the share icon next to your Story title. You can share with users on Considdr by searching by name or those not yet on Considdr by entering their email. The more followers and engagement you have on your Story, the more likely it will be to go trending!
How do I post a discussion question in a Story?
If you're a curator you can pose discussion questions!
If you're a story curator you can pose discussion questions by clicking the blue plus button in the discussion tab. If you aren't a story curator, you can request to become one: click the "Request to Collaborate" button. Curators and followers of this Story can respond to these questions using our patent-pending reasoning tool. You'll be able to easily access Notes from diverse published sources to support, challenge, and improve your responses.

Video: How To - Creating Stories





Notes


How do I take Notes on Considdr?
Take Notes on Specific Published Sources

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.

How do I save an article, reading, etc., as a Source on Considdr?
All Notes are summaries from Sources

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.

Why does Considdr require that my Notes have a quote, argument, and question?
Context and Consumability

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.


Video: How To - Taking Notes





Opinions


What are Opinions on Considdr?
Opinions enable you to support your thoughts with substance!

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.

How do I find particular Notes when creating my Opinion?
Filters Are Powerful!

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.


Video: How To - Posting Opinions




Misc


What are tags?
#tags!

Tags on Considdr are similar to the hashtags you’re familiar with from other social media sites. They help to quickly classify your Notes and Opinions and make them more accessible to you and to others. Users can compete to be thought leaders in their categories of expertise by adding quality content with those tags.

What are the numbers in the upper left corner of my Notes and Opinions?
They reflect the influence of your content

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.



Profile Verification


What does it mean to be verified?
It means you're an expert in a particular field or subject!

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.

How can I get verified?
Email us at verification@considdr.com to request personal verification. Please include your field(s) of interest.

We review user requests on a case-by-case basis, depending on expertise demonstrated on and/or off of Considdr.


This list is still growing. Please email us at support@considdr.com with any more questions you have