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1. Looking around in star maps:

2. Register, so that you can influence the topic, write comments and start new topics.

3. Action

4. Create your own topics

5. Give it a try!

6. There is an overall orientation map of the processes, options, operations and actions for those who are interested.

1. Looking around in star maps:

1/a. Choose a topic

`Seedling-topic´ is available only as a usual text list because there are only a few comments. It is too young, hasn´t been settled yet.
The Live topic is already a star nap! (Roughly 10-15 comments required as minimum.)

1/b. Pinball effect

All comments have impact on one another just like a pinball dropped among others will influence them. By this, they find their own place, too.
Every opinion finds its own location, yet everything remains well arranged, even in case of so many participants as the number of stars on the sky.
Similar opinions are close to each other, contrary opinions are far from each other.
Those ones which trigger intense reactions become brighter, those who don´t fade away.
Sooner or later attention will focus on those opinions which are clearly formulated.
Finally - if the given viewpoints are varied enough - the topic achieves a high degree of maturity.

1/c. `Zanza´, (bird´s eye view on the topic)

If there is a sufficiently high number of comments, a short list of typical opinions is available as the current representation of the set. This is the `zanza´.

1/d. Star menu

Move the mouse cursor over a star, the short summary of the comment (the header) is the first part in the pop-up hover menu. Details can be accessed by clicking on the star.

1/e. Connections

Other choices in the hover menu of a star:
- Whom did she/he rate?
- Who rated her/him?
Green lines represent agreement, they try to move opinions closer to one another. Red lines represent refusal, they try to move opinions away from one another. Brightness of the stars is increased by the number of their relations.

2. Register, so that you can influence the topic, write comments and start new topics.

E.g. at that time you can choice: Complete or Simplified version.

3. Action

3/a. Set your position among others´ opinion by rating them.

Rating values:

  • +3: `I complete agree´.

  •   0: `Indifferent, meaningless, characterless.´

  •  -3: `I complete disagree´.

First you have to rate at least three other opinions (on the scale -3 ... +3), then you can write your own opinion, too. So you establish a location for your own standpoint. The new star can be properly located by relating it to various other stars, like a mast or flagpole is fixed by its span ropes.
If in a living topic (on a star map) the area of the previous star(s) you have rated is covered by a veil, so that you should have select the next star to rate from a different area.

3/b. Write a comment

If you write a comment, write a separate short summary, a header. This will be displayed in the first place when other participants move their mouse pointer over your star.

IMPORTANT TRICK: You can write an `Self-antistatement´, too.
What is it? You yorself can write in advance the possible counter-arguments, too. This will occupy the space of other´s offensive misinterpretations. It becomes an opposite `child-star´.
It is worth to do it! So you set your real standpoint more clearly and more firmly. This is a surplus peg to your real opinion and so it triggers more (indirect) interactions. (And the whole picture will be richer.)
ATTENTION: If you write this, your `Self-antistatement´ must be REALLY the opposite opinion of your real one, otherwise their ratings will be mixed up.

3/c. View the effect of your comment

When you finished your comment, you can see the location of your new opinion as a star. Also you can see the effect it has produced.

You can send a mail to your friends telling them that it´s worth to take a look at this topic.
Those who click on the link sent in the notification, are directly taken to the star map of the topic, where the (last) comment of the sender of the note is displayed as a highlighted color.

4. Create your own topics

4/a. Professional, public, personal

    For professional consultations: `intellectual workshops without walls´.

  • Legal, medical, economical, financial, etc.

  • Can serve as pre and post conference process

  • Brainstorming for research teams

  • Etc.

4/b. Create a new topic

    Who creates the topic (the Topic Author) decide, who can looks at his/her topic and who can writes comments in his/her topic.
    The closed topics needs much more attendance. If you don´t have a really serious reason we suggest you use the easy `Opened, public discussion´ version.
    At a closed-but-visible topic need you to receive applications from outside.

  • Open-public: anyone can view it and make comments.

  • Closed-but-visible: by invitation only, however anyone can view it and apply for acceptance to the Topic Author.

  • Closed/private-and-hidden: by invitation only, completely closed. It cannot be viewed from outside.

4/c. Invitation to see the discussion

If you start a public topic, it is a good idea to send out invitations to those carefully selected acquaintances. Don´t wait until somebody drops in, or you may be disappointed.
Naturally, a closed or private topic can be started by invitation only.

5. Give it a try!

View, register, write comments, and create your own topics!
Enjoy the process, the result of interactions, and the forming of majority view! What´s the opinion of your friends vs. strangers about your proposition?
There is neither artificial nor manual control involved, only opinions arrange themselves.

6. There is an overall orientation map of the processes, options, operations and actions for those who are interested.


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