My proposed idea is a website called ‘WhatWhenWhere’ (though the name can change). The idea is best described as a micro-forum meets public wiki (like for example Sickipedia, which is a heavily NSFW website that specialises in offensive and rude jokes where people vote for their favourites, due to the content only go on there with caution) meets Twitter meets google “define:”. Users can post messages that contain a searchable and sortable term which I will describe as the ‘key word’, which could be an object, a scientific or technological process, a place, a date, or some social event (like a sports event or a movie). They then go on to write something of value about that term – it could be anything from what the term means or something humorous or something sentimental or anecdotal. The ‘key word’ can be chosen from a preset pool of key words or from what’s popular on that day on the site, or be a new user made one.
“Apple is a good company for products, but they seem to have hidden motives to take over the world.”
“1996 was an AWESOME year for music. Spice Girls?”
“Trolling is not a method of fishing anymore, but ACTUALLY means to annoy a lot of people online. I love Trolling.
“Manchester United vs. Wigan was the most one sided game I have ever seen, oh and the referee must have been watching a different game – he was awful.”
“Harry Potter is a terrible movie franchise. Who cares about stupid wizards and magic wands?”
Once these messages have been posted they start on a score of 0 other users can read them, and can choose to vote to agree with them (and add a positive point to the message’s score) or disagree (take points away and so give negative points). If a user signs up for an account that would be free, their vote has greater weight then a vote cast anonymously.
Users will be able to see the most voted up messages, and can also search for messages that contain the same ‘key word’ or are in the same category. Registered users can also click on the message body and then they can add comments about it or reply to already post comments. If the user actually disagrees with what was in the original message they can issue a ‘to the author of Challenge’ the original message directly that everyone can see and write what they think it should say.
For example here is what the messages could look like on the website and how people can challenge:
“Apple is a good company for products, but they seem to have hidden motives to take over the world.” Reply? Challenge? Agree! Disagree! Flag! Favourite?
Applefanboyx issues a CHALLENGE! To Jack01
“Apple always makes awesome stuff, and they look awesome and are awesome to use. Some people are just jealous because they use inferior products.” Reply? Challenge? Agree! Disagree! Flag! Favourite?
These challenges can also be agreed and disagreed with, if they get agreed with enough and actually overtake the original message in terms of score – they will be posted immediately below the original message. People can also choose to flag messages and replies. An example application of this would be voting flagging spam replies or replies that are offensive or irrelevant entirely, and eventually like sites like Youtube these replies will become hidden and if inappropriate enough – deleted. Any reply that gets agreed with enough will also have a star appear next to the reply.
Like websites where you have topics for example news websites or other joke websites, there will be genres that you can tag messages with for the type of content posted. Tags can include things like events, sport, recent, oddities, science, technology and more. People can also see what are the most popular or active (for example a message with 50+ replies) messages of the day/week/or month (like Twitter trends) and can choose to post about those things themselves, or contribute a reply. Another feature could be a sections showing the most agreed with messages and the most disagreed.
The whole point of this proposed idea is to encourage people to interact and share information and discussion of value to them about something and hopefully connect people through the subject of popular social terms or events, or academic interests all the way to niche interests.
By Botong Li