Roku is the latest project by Janith, with some ideological input from me. If he’s Prabhakaran, I’m Balasingham. Here is his introduction, which I excerpt below. Roku (working title) is a new type of commenting debate/system. Instead of just commenting in one big thread below, you can take sides (for, against, or neutral). You can upvote each comment, which creates a final score, a ‘winner’ for that particular debate.
It’s just outta betta. Janith’s done a very interesting platform but we’re not sure if it will be used for the intended purpose or how it will be used. I invite you to check it out (kottu.org/roku), you can login with Your Facebook account.
When you first log in, you will be presented a list of “Threads”. These are the discussions which you can post on. You can create a new thread using the top menu.
Things to keep in mind when creating a thread:
* Post a view, not a question: Always state a point of view in your title and description, so that people can vote for or against it.
* Write your own view or try to give a background to the statement made in the title in the description.
* Use hashtags: it makes threads easier to find. You can use many hashtags like this: #hashtag1 #hashtag2
Ok, now that we covered threads, let’s move on to posting.
There are two kinds of posts that can go on a thread:
* Regular posts
* Inline replies
Regular posts are what’s created when you don’t click ‘reply’ to someone elses post. Remember to pick a side in your comment: it’s set to neutral by default, but if your comment agrees with a thread topic, select ‘for’. If it’s against it, select ‘against’.
Inline replies are when you want to reply to a post, or to its replies, and you want your reply to nest beneath the post you’re replying to. You can click the ‘reply’ link on a post to go into inline reply mode.
Remember: You can only upvote a regular post, not inline replies. We’ll see why this is important next.
It’s important that you express your side because it’s ultimately the votes that posts ‘for’ a thread gets, and votes that posts ‘against’ a thread gets that get shown on the top bar, as being votes for or against a topic. Also, every upvote that you get gets added to your upvote count, which we’ll be using for badges and stuff later. :) (Roku Read Me)
To get things started, I’ve posted a thread stating that ‘flogging is bad’. You can agree or disagree.