This Is How We Do It

The special sauce of Freech lies in its multi-tiered post categorization system. Users are either Creators or Consumers of content, and both are able to apply Tags to posts. Users can also provide Response Types to posts. The variety of these Response Types, User Uniqueness, User Reputation and Triggers all combine to facilitate genuine discussion.

Response Types: Measuring Impact and Shielding Minds

Upon creating a post, other users may react in any number of ways, many of which are measured on specific dimensions of how humans interact with ideas:

  • Emotionally - Facebook's emotional reaction icons
  • Categorically - Twitter's hashtagging, or Stack Exchange's category tags
  • Logically - Idenifying logical fallacies
  • Correctively - Suggesting grammar or typographical fixes like Github's Pull Requests
  • Politcally - Identifying if a post espouses principles (not parties)
    • Collectivism vs Individualism
    • Primary Virtue (Purity, Moderation, Charity, Persistence, Mercy, Kindness, Humility)
    • Beneficiary (Environment, USA, Asian Americans, Poor, Rich, etc)

Content creators can decide what response types they want to make prominent on their posts. They can even select two categories for a 1-click-2-dimentional (1C2D) feedback system where a grid is shown below a post for users to click an intersection (ie Emotion=Happy and Virtue=Kindness)

There Can Be Only One

Anonymous voices have their place when protecting users, but too often they release the worst in people. Anyone can register with Freech, but if you want to create any content (including commenting on others' posts), Freech will require a valid ID to verify your identity. Freech won't keep the ID information, but only pass it on to verification services to ensure only one account exists per person. Afraid of being lynched? Fine. You can use a pseudonym to interact with others on Freech, but you can only have one account.

Reputation and Civility

As users respond to posts and gather responses to their own posts, they develop a reputation for posting, say, racist comments, or conspiracy theory comments. This factors into calculating if a post will Trigger other users.

In addition to developing a reputation for post types, a user's civility is measured. If he is polite, then his Civility will go up. If he's trolling, then his Civility goes down.

Both Reputation and Civility impact the user's Vote Weight.

All Men Are Created Equal (But Don't Stay That Way)

If a user is following a mob to silence another user or is essentially ideologically possessed, the weight of his vote goes down. When he then votes for a post to be considered Racist, then the post doesn't get a full vote's uptick.

Conversely, if a user creates lots of content and receives a wide range of responses, it indicates he's not merely trolling. This high perticipation paired with a good Civility rating makes his votes count extra.

This system rewards thoughtful participation

Triggers

Free Speech is what this site is all about, but there are some dark spots of a free-for-all system like this. We adopt a Buyer Beware policy to help stave off exposer to offensive content. User can set up Triggers in his profile so that content offensive to him is blocked when he is logged in. As posts are categorized by the content creator and by the reactions of content consumers, then posts are matched against a user's Triggers. If a post matches, then it will either be hidden from the user or have a Trigger Warning banner hung over it so the user can decide if he wants to view the full content