Date of Last Revision: January 01, 2008.
Thought it ThroughTM is an online encyclopedia of opinions.
In fact, it is the encyclopedia of opinions because of its intelligent design which utilises a distinctive approach to extract the community's disparate raw, biased and unknowing (sometimes extreme) opinions about any topic, with the objective of evolving them into a well balanced and shared view held by the majority of the community, once everyone has thought it through.
Such an outcome is made possible by a unique flexible voting feature, which allows members to change votes whenever rethinking a view because of new facts added to the discussion.
It is an exciting new concept designed to give you, me and in fact the whole online world a place to raise any topics – even controversial ones - that need consensus, simply by continually adding additional facts to the discussion so that a balanced view evolves once all the available facts and their implications are understood.
Topics and views are generated either by yourself or by other people for you to consider and either agree with or add further information that may strengthen a view or change the views that people hold.
You can vote for an existing view if it perfectly matches your thoughts, or add your own. Either way, you have one vote per topic (which can be changed regularly to a different view).
What sets this site apart from all others is that only the views that attract significant votes over time will be displayed for ongoing consideration to provide clarity of peoples thinking and support.
By freely debating topics in a rational and meaningful way with a large and diverse online audience, we have the power to actually effect change in the social and political decision-making arenas at international, domestic and local levels.
The end goal of Thought it ThroughTM is to be a reliable reference site for humanity's collective opinions about any topic. As the range of topics and opinions grows, so will its reliability as an accurate representation of the wider community's thoughts and increasingly become the site of choice for people seeking a considered view about almost any topic.
How does Thought it ThroughTM work?
There are no loaded questions canvassing controlled answers here. This is a place where you, I and everyone else raise our own topics and views, which will be evaluated and continually challenged by the global community and in so doing, will provide more and more new facts for us to consider before reaching widely held conclusions.
It's up to you to contribute factual and relevant information if you want other people to consider and agree with your view and for them to do likewise.
The secret to the success of Thought it ThroughTM is that if a person holds a point of view that someone else can show them is not accurate or that it does not consider certain relevant facts, then the original view will no longer hold any value for that person and forming a new view is inevitable.
Simply choose any topic that interests you from the list of global, domestic or local categories and vote for any reason justifying a view that you agree with. If you don't entirely agree with any of them, then add your own improved version and help people learn from you.
Each view that is listed for any topic exactly represents the balanced views of the voters that approved it at that time, because any users that don't entirely agree with it will have posted their own views for consideration.
By following the changing results, we may be influenced to change our thinking as facts are accepted or discredited. The end result will be reflected as a more balanced and practical approach towards each situation held by the majority of the members.
To easily keep up with the most interesting debates, you can create a personalised list of favourite topics, so you can follow them at any time just by clicking on the relevant link. You can even receive a regular email to notify you of new comments added to your favourite topics so you can review them.
If you are looking for a topic or comment in particular, you can search for it by keyword, or if you prefer you can browse through all the topics to look for any that interest you. You can also search by location or even by username if you like the topics someone adds. If what you are looking for isn't here, be the one to add it!
Measuring the value of your own view at any moment is done simply by checking how many people have given it their vote. You shouldn't be discouraged if you discover your vote is not that popular with the wider community, instead take the opportunity to improve yourself by considering any new facts and adjusting your own thinking so that you can form a more balanced and measured view.
You can (and should) change your view about each topic as often as you want to. In fact that is the idea!
Follow all the debates that interest you and adjust your views and votes whenever you learn something new that influences your thinking. Whichever way you do it, you always have one continuous vote for each topic so whenever you change your view, your vote simply moves from your current view to your new one.
Views and reasons that are popularly supported will be displayed at the top of the list, while the less popular ones will slide down and may eventually drop off the list altogether.
There is no censorship on Thought it ThroughTM. All the topics, views and reasons are created online by members and results reflect peoples voting choices.
In the end, well written, factual, well balanced views will be the most popular, as members seek to improve upon what has already been posted and if it is an improvement, then it will attract the votes from whatever was previously popular.
Thanks to a choice of customisable graphs that are printable and downloadable, you can also select from the available characteristic details of the members to see exactly what views different types of people currently support (and previously supported) for any topic at any time.
Unlike other discussion forums that have a multitude of different, sometimes irrational, absurd or conflicting views that serve only to exacerbate the confusion of that topic, Thought it ThroughTM dynamically displays only the most popular views, as determined by the public's ongoing voting choices.
Other forums often use sensationalised, provocative questions that yield controlled or divisive results for self-serving reasons. Such polls are not constructive.
What is Thought it ThroughTM useful for?
Basically, if you are interested in a topic in which you want to share your view, or if you prefer to study other people's views, or you have a need to find out specific information, then you should use Thought it ThroughTM. This means if you want to comment on political issues such as the environment or the Iraq war, or perhaps social issues such as finding solutions to drugs or graffiti in your area, or maybe you are fascinated by exciting new scientific breakthroughs, or you need help to learn about the best available treatments for a medical condition, or you simply want to discuss the value of sport or art in society, Thought it ThroughTM can be used to for all these reasons and many more.
Of course, the site is not limited to global issues; you can also share your views about life's more basic daily issues, such as why you think funding should be made available to widen some local road in your town etc., or to ask for advice from other people, for example, "where is the best place to buy a car in my city?" or "what is the best thing to do in Siberia?"
The more interesting your topic, the more responses it will attract, so to ensure maximum success, you should take the time to prepare and be extra careful how you word your text.
Full members of Thought it ThroughTM can view and download historical statistical and graphical information tracking the voting patterns for any topic, such as how the various views compare to each other generally, as well as for more specific reasons, such as comparing the history of a particular set of member characteristics to show how the voters may have changed their views over time within any given debate, for example the way the percentage of men's views may have changed about some product (e.g. a specific brand) compared to any changes for women, or if younger people are more easily influenced about some topic or product than older people etc.
This is a fantastic marketing tool for business to test and track public opinion about any topic within any available member characteristic range. Of course the results will also be valuable for educational reasons and for political policy development.
How can Thought it ThroughTM make a difference?
Thought it ThroughTM may make a difference to you at a personal level, such as by helping you find the consistently cheapest petrol price in your town, or it may be used to influence the price of petrol globally!
Consider that there are more than a billion people across our online world from all walks of life that could utilise Thought it ThroughTM and the numbers are growing daily. Through this strength of numbers and by carefully considering all the facts, the widely held views that are formed here will help define our world in which we live by positively influencing social and governmental direction in a balanced, well considered and truly democratic way.
Why do we need Thought it ThroughTM?
Generally, in the absence of fact, our views are influenced by other people including the media, but without first-hand experience and all the facts, the value of our own beliefs is sometimes questionable.
Of course we all have views about many topics of interest to us, however, with controversial topics, emotive views may be divisive instead of helpful and sometimes they can even be confrontational. Therefore, this website is designed to bridge the divide between emotion and fact, by allowing everyone in the online community to join in the debates, share ideas and learn all the facts about any topic as a basis to better decision making.
With social and government topics, at present, the only real choices we have to show our displeasure (or pleasure) are ways such as the ballot box or street protests etc. (in some countries), but in many cases, we may in fact be supporting an idea that is harmful or contrary to what we might otherwise believe, had we known all the facts.
It should be remembered that many topics are extremely complex in regards to the flow on implications and governments base their decisions on relevant experts and classified information, to which the general public often has no knowledge or access. This means that often we do not agree with certain decisions that may be in our best interest. However, with a balanced debate, a greater understanding of some of those topics and what is really in our best interest may be possible.
Therefore, views posted on Thought it ThroughTM will be wide-ranging, diverse and have contrasting angles because we all have different experiences and it is by learning from others that we grow. Through understanding other people's views and ideas, we can either agree or challenge their merit by utilising the voting process, until eventually reaching a consensus.
So, If you have some burning topics that you want to see resolved, start the ball rolling by adding your topics, views and associated reasons for others in the global community to start debating and see if you can change our world!
What are you waiting for? Start typing and make a difference!