1 Contributor Guidelines for needgap

posted by Abishek Muthian 83 days ago  

Please read and follow the contributor guidelines to sustain the quality of the needgap platform and for the wellbeing of the startup community.

Language

English is the only supported language of the needgap platform currently. All contributions are required to be in English.

Contributing Problem Title

Do post problem, your problem, problem faced by you which doesn't have a solution and hence exists a need gap.

It's encouraged to reduce the problem to its fundamental level in the title i.e. the problem title shouldn't be reasonably broken down further into another problem. Please use the search feature to search for a problem to check whether it has been posted earlier, if so please contribute your opinion on that problem in its comment section instead of submitting the same problem.

Post hashtags along with the problem title, representing the problem domain and the target country if its applicable only to a specific country (or) #worldwide.

Don't post startup ideas as problem title, A problem should include only the need gap for which a solution becomes the startup idea. Solutions should be discussed only in the comment section.

Don't post jokes, memes, politics, religion, meta-discussion, drama about personalities or moderation on this platform or others. Also please don't flood the platform with submissions of your favourite thing - one post per topic should be sufficient, and respect the dupe filter.

Don't self promote in the needgap, please use the profile section to tell others about yourself.

Please be aware of the character limitations in the problem title.

Contributing Problem Description

Do explain the problem succinctly in the description section. It is encouraged to explain how the problem affects you and why the existing solutions if any doesn't work for you.

Don't post startup ideas as problem description, A problem should include only the need gap for which a solution is needed. Possible solutions should only be discussed in the comment section.

Use the link feature to include factual sources to support your statements.

Please be aware of the character limitations in the problem description.


Sharing Problem

Do share your problem once submitted or other problems you find interesting to those who might face it or have some opinion on it.

Don't share the problem with your close friends and family unless they face the problem or have some opinion on it, to avoid bias in validation.

Contributing Comments

Do comment existing solutions for the problem if any exists, else discuss about possible solutions for the need gap.

Do discuss about the viability of the solutions for a startup idea in the comments.

When commenting, please try to imagine you are in a face to face conversation with the person you are talking to or about - respect their point of view, even if you vehemently disagree with it. Comments violating the rules will be downvoted, flagged or as a last resort removed. Comments under your name will never be edited by admins, but they may be removed for spam or trolling.

Some guidelines on comments:

  • First, do no harm - always be thoughtful, constructive and respectful.
  • Do post questions, even if you feel they might be dumb ones.
  • Do respond positively to questions, even if you feel they are dumb.
  • Do be charitable - assume best intentions, and try to understand those you disagree with.
  • Do stay on topic.
  • Do try to contribute something substantial - one-word comments are rarely interesting.
  • Don't use 'You' in the comments unless absolutely necessary.
  • Don't be snarky or nasty to others.
  • Don't use name-calling, this is the lowest form of argument.
  • Don't make personal comments about others, their motivations, or their integrity. If you disagree do so calmly and politely and directly to them.
  • Don't complain about moderation, downvotes or groupthink. Reach out to the moderators via the contact below for grievances.
  • Don't spam or post duplicates deliberately
  • Don't call for mob justice, boycotts or post personal data.

When offering criticism, make sure you fully back it up and try to see the reasons why certain decisions you disagree with were made.

Editing

Problems and comments can be edited only within 1 hour and 3 hours of posting respectively. When editing, you are encouraged to follow it up with the reason for the edit.

Voting

Guidelines on voting:

  • Do upvote problems which you face yourself and/or think that it needs to be solved by a startup.
  • Do upvote comments which contribute to the conversation and suggest solutions which can become startup ideas.
  • Do downvote negative comments and those not contributing to the conversation.
  • Do downvote problems or comments which doesn't follow the contributing guidelines.
  • Do be aware downvoting costs karma (1 point per downvote) - use it sparingly.
  • Don't downvote comments if you strongly disagree with them or feel they are wrong, reply to the comment on why you disagree or feel they are wrong.
  • Don't ask others to upvote/downvote or brigade votes, or try to downvote everything someone says.
  • Don't try to spam votes in any way.

If you think a comment has been downvoted unfairly, or have detected cheating, don't complain in the comments, use the moderation contact below.


Karma

Karma system is designed to sustain quality of the needgap platform.

Karma of a user is based on the points accumulated by the user in the needgap platform. The karma accumulated by the user is shown besides the user name.

Karma thresholds:

  • 1 point is required for submitting problems and comments.
  • 2 points are required to upvote.
  • 20 points are required to downvote.
  • 30 points are required to style text in comments.
  • 50 points are required to flag.

Karma lost when using downvote:

  • -1 point when using downvote.

When Karma of the user becomes lesser than 1, the user looses the ability to post anything on the needgap platform.

Meta comments

If you have comments on how the platform works or suggestions for features, you can post them on needgap Meta Discussion or email the moderators using the details below.

Contact

Please contact [email protected] this domain if you just want to say hello, or to report spam or posts violating the above rules.

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