General

What is the Shouldo site?
The Shouldo site is a platform that enables you to leverage the wisdom of the crowd to solve your dilemmas, ranging from daily problems to the most important life ones. Here you can ask your question, give number of possible answers and receive the aggregated opinions of many people around the world. Furthermore, you can share your wisdom by answering and commenting other people questions.
What is "wisdom of the crowd"?
Wikipedia: "The wisdom of the crowd is the process of taking into account the collective opinion of a group of individuals, rather than a single expert to answer a question. A large group's aggregated answers to questions involving quantity estimation, general world knowledge, and spatial reasoning has generally been found to be as good as, and often better than, the answer given by any of the individuals within the group" - Many Are Smarter Than the Few.
How do I register myself as a user?
You may easily login using your Facebook account throughout and site. Alternatively, you can simply go to the 'Sign Up' page here choose your username, enter your email and choose your password. We need your email so we'll be able to communicate with you or reset your password and send you a new should you forget your password.

Shouldo

What is a Shouldo?
A Shouldo is a dilemma or a question asking for advice. A Shouldo can have from 2 to 8 optional answers. Everyone except its creator can choose an answer, but only one answer. At the end, the Shouldo's creator can share the chosen answer by resolving the Shouldo. The creator of the Shouldo and those that have already answered it can observe the answers statistics, which present the answers distribution over the available options. In addition, anyone is welcomed to tag and comment the Shouldo.
Can I create a Shouldo?
Yes. Every Shouldo user can create a Shouldo. So if you are not already a registered user just register and you'll be able to create a Shouldo.
How do I create a Shouldo?
You can open a Shouldo by clicking the ASK button in the header or just writing your question in the ASK lines throughout the site. After reaching the Shouldo create page, you simply write your question, optional answers (between 2 to 8), description (optional) and click the ASK button. Then you will come to the Category and Tags page, where you can categorize your Shouldo and add some tags to it. After clicking the FINISH! button your Shouldo is created.
What are the different parts of a Shouldo?
A Shouldo is comprised from:
  1. A title - the question/dilemma itself.
  2. Possible answers - 2 to 8 possible answers to solve the question/dilemma.
  3. Description (optional) - A more detailed description of your question/dilemma. Here you can elaborate on you problem, the pros and cons of every possible answer or anything else.
  4. Category (optional) - A predefined category that you choose for your Shouldo.
  5. Tags (optional) - Here you can choose free-text and informal tags for your Shouldo.
  6. Deadline to resolution (optional) - A deadline when you need to choose an answer.
What is resolving a Shouldo?
The Action of resolving the Shouldo is simply choosing which optional answer was the one you chose to go with in the end - this can only be done only by the Shouldo's creator. So when you see a resolved Shouldo you can see which optional answer was chosen by the Shouldo's creator. A Shouldo creator can resolve the Shouldo only when enough time passed since the Shouldo creation or enough people answered it.
How do I answer a Shouldo?
When the Shouldo is displayed you will be able to view its optional answers and you can choose one. If you already answered the Shouldo, you are the Shouldo's creator or the Shouldo was resolved you cannot answer the Shouldo.
How do I view a Shouldo results?
If the Shouldo is resolved then anyone can view it's results when they view the Shouldo itself. If the Shouldo is not resolved yet, only the people who have already answered it can view the results. If you are the Shouldo creator you can always view the results when your Shouldo is displayed.

Categories

What is a Shouldo category?
A category is a predefined topic that is used to categorized a Shouldo by its creator. Every Shouldo can be included in one category. The categories are organized in hierarchical manner and can help to find relevant Shouldos.
Can I choose a Category for a Shouldo?
Only the Shouldo's creator can choose a category for the Shouldo.
How do I choose a Category for a Shouldo?
When you create the Shouldo you can choose a category from the category suggest line or from the boxes below it.
Why do I need to choose a Category for a Shouldo?
Categorizing Your Shouldo can help others to find your Shouldo more easily and therefore the Shouldo will gain much more attention.
How to find Shouldo based on its category?
You can visit the category browsing page. You can reach this page from the top navigation bar throughout the site. In this page you can browse the Shouldos based on their category. In addition, you can sort and filter Shouldos according to various options.
Can a Shouldo belong to two categories?
No. A Shouldo can belogn to at the most one category.

Tags

What is a Shouldo tag?
A tag is a non-hierarchical keyword or term associated to a Shouldo. This kind of information helps to describe a Shouldo's content and allows it to be found by browsing or searching. Tags are chosen informally and personally by the users. Meaning everyone can tag a Shouldo, you can use existing tags or create new ones. A Shouldo can have more than one tag, actually the more it has the better it is, so feel free to tag
What is the difference between categories and tags?
Both categories and tags are semantic information regarding the Shouldo content. They are meant to help people find Shouldos, but they are two different mechanisms. They differ in the following ways:
  1. The categories are predefined topics while the tags are informal are are added by the users.
  2. The categories are hierarchically organized while the tags are non-hierarchical and are all "equal"
  3. Every Shouldo can be assigned to one category, but can be associated to many tags.
Can I tag a Shouldo?
Yes. Everyone can tag every Shouldo.
How do I tag a Shouldo?
When you view the Shouldo you can click on the "More" button in the right bottom corner of the "Shouldo details" section. Then you write your tag in the tag suggest line.
Can I remove a tag from a Shouldo?
If you are the Shouldo's creator you can remove all the tags. Otherwise you can only remove the tags you added.
How to find Shouldo based on its tags?
You can visit the tag browsing page. You can reach this page from the top navigation bar throughout the site. In this page you can find tags using a keyword search, then browse the Shouldos based on their tags. In addition, you can sort and filter Shouldos according to various options.

Karma

What is Karma?
Karma is a way to measure involvement in the Shouldo community. Every user has two types of Karma: an Asker Karma and an Advisor Karma.
What is Asker Karma?
The Asker Karma measure "how good of an asker" the user is and it depends on user's "asking" activity, such as the number of Shouldos created by the user and their popularity.
How to gain Asker Karma?
You can gain Asker karma by creating popular Shouldos. The more Shouldos you create and the more popular they are (answers, comments and feedbacks), the more Asker karma you gain. In addition, resolving your Shouldos gives you extra Asker karma too.
What is Advisor Karma?
The Advisor Karma measures the "answering" activity of the user, such as answering and commenting on other Shouldo, or giving feedback to comments. The Advisor Karma also depends on the "quality" of the user answers, if they are chosen at the end by the Shouldo's creator.
How to gain Advisor Karma?
You can gain Advisor karma by "answering" Shouldos. The "answering" is measured by the number of answers and comments you give. The popularity of your answers is measured by their "quality" in the sense that they are chosen at the end when the Shouldo's creator resolve the Shouldo. The popularity of your comments is measured by the number of feedbacks (good and bad) they are receiving.