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What is Jittery?

Jittery is frequently asked questions for topics, that everyone can contribute to.

This page is an example of a topic.

If you would like to contribute to Jittery, it's free to sign up.

How does Jittery work?

Jittery operates by a process of editors proposing new content and other editors vouching for (approving) that content.

For example, you create a new draft for the topic Michael Jordan or SpaceX. You add Q&As (questions & answers) to the draft - providing meaningful information about the topic - supported by references. Once the draft is of reasonable size, you propose it to be published live (such that the public can read it). Other editors vouch for the proposal, in order for it to be approved.

Once a draft is approved, it can be further modified through a similar process of proposing new Q&As, that are then vouched for by other editors. Everything about a topic can be modified through this process. Most activity on the site can be observed in the Editor Hub, where you can see drafts, proposals and discussions that are occurring across the site.

Editors acquire increased site privileges and rank up as they contribute, giving them more influence over content.

Why does Jittery use a question format?

"A prudent question is one half of wisdom."
- Francis Bacon

The other half, in this case, is a factual answer.

The question primes the brain for the answer. We tested Jittery without the question format, it does not work nearly so well. It's why FAQs - frequently asked questions - are so popular. It's why the Socratic Method is so effective. Questions are inherently stimulative, they're an exceptional knowledge delivery device.

While Jittery is not strictly a frequently asked questions system, that is the easiest way to describe it. In the case of Jittery, frequency is not the only factor in determining which questions & answers are presented. The most important thing a topic page should accomplish is to help the reader to quickly acquire a fundamental knowledge of the topic, with a bias toward importance over triviality.
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What is the long-term goal of Jittery?

To modestly contribute to human knowledge using our approach to short-form information. To build-out Jittery to span as many topics as possible. If we fail, that's ok, it's well worth the attempt.

Is Jittery free to use?

Yes, Jittery will always be free to use. Free to edit, free to read and free to redistribute.

How are contributions licensed on Jittery?

All editor (user) contributions on Jittery are licensed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0, with attribution required, license.

Jittery's content is considered a free cultural work.

That means you can freely copy and redistribute the editor created content in any medium or format. You must include an attribution notice that the content is from Jittery and provide a link back to the page on Jittery that the content is from.

Why the name Jittery?

It's one word, short and easy to remember. Short .com addresses have been rare and expensive for nearly two decades now. We'd rather pour resources into the service than spend a large amount of money on acquiring Facts.com or the equivalent. Jittery is also an easy choice over QuestionAndAnswerSiteOnline.com. The vagueness of the name is also ideal.

Does Jittery have a mobile app?

No. A mobile app is toward the bottom of our list of priorities right now. Jittery is Web-first. In our ideal world Jittery would remain Web-only. Websites are better in many cases, as people don't actually like installing, managing and updating dozens of apps on their phones. This is a topic we may revisit later if there is strong demand for an app.

Are there guides available for Jittery?

Does Jittery have an API?

Jittery does not yet have a public API. An API for anyone to use to programmatically access Jittery's content is on the slightly longer-term development roadmap, however it does not make sense at this point.

If Jittery is successful and acquires a large enough content base, we will release a public API.

Can I sign up for Jittery with social media?

No, we specifically do not allow social media sign-ups. We are not aware of any large social media companies that can be trusted when it comes to privacy and personal information. We are not interested in having our login system dependent upon them accordingly. We do not have social media buttons or social media tracking anywhere on Jittery for the same reason.

Does Jittery have a Twitter account or Facebook page?

No, we have no official social media accounts or pages. Ideally we never will, they are unnecessary for what Jittery does. If what we build is useful and the content is of high quality, our editors and readers will share us around appropriately.

Why does Jittery have no images?

Jittery currently has no plans to include media (video, images, audio) with its topic pages.

There are many good resources online for media content for most topics. If you want to see a photo of Jonas Salk or Vienna Austria, Google Images or Wikipedia generally have you covered, as do numerous other useful sites. We are not interested in competing there, dedicating (wasting) resources toward that and reinventing that wheel. We're going to focus on doing one thing and trying to do it well.

Is Jittery a non-profit organization?

Jittery is legally structured as a company for now. Long-term the best option may be to convert Jittery into a non-profit charitable organization. Crawl then walk - it's something we will assess as we go along.

Who owns Jittery?

Jittery was created by and is wholly owned by one individual.

You will also occasionally see assisting Jittery moderators around the site.

How does Jittery make money?

Jittery is inexpensive to operate and we are going to keep it that way. The fewer resources we expend operating Jittery the more true to our mission we can be. Everything is optimized to that way of thinking. If the day ever comes that Jittery's traffic is enormous, we will weigh which approach best serves our mission as a knowledge service. We would rather shut the service down than sell out to commercial spam, low quality content and abusive advertising. That is why strictly maintaining our independence and low operating cost is paramount.

We will never run advertising on Jittery.

Is Jittery looking for investors?

No. Most venture capitalists are a poor fit for Jittery due to their short-term outlook, growth-at-any-cost mentality and need for an exit. If Jittery is to succeed, it must have a long-term approach. Very long-term thinking is the antithesis of traditional venture capital. Most things of consequential value take a long time to build.

We're not anti venture capital. We believe it's the wrong model for knowledge services. That has been demonstrated repeatedly.

Venture capital requires that you prioritize generating a return for investors, prioritize the profit motive. That inevitably forces a betrayal scenario for the knowledge service and its community. The highest aspiration of a knowledge service is properly to provide knowledge, not to maximize profit. Any other order of values will destroy the knowledge service in the end. Jittery takes the approach of commercial minimization with a knowledge motive as primary.

Will Jittery consider open sourcing its software platform?

We're not opposed to doing that at some point in the future, particularly if there is a lot of interest in that.

Why do Jittery pages load so fast?

Jittery was designed as a sort of love letter to the way the Web used to be, the way it can be, the way it should be. So you'll notice a few things, including that topic pages load almost instantly.

We fundamentally disagree with how websites are frequently built today: massively bloated, functionally obnoxious, spammy, abusive. They waste your time and bandwidth, they manipulate your attention and fill your screen with advertisements and attention prompts. The Web has stopped being enjoyable.

We're building Jittery to be different. The typical topic page is under 40 KB in size, with seven asset requests, 3 KB of CSS and 6 KB of JavaScript, 2 KB of images, no cookies, no advertisements, no Google analytics, no trackers, no social media, no modals or pop-ups, no pop-overs, no pop-unders, no paywalls, no AMP, no dark patterns, no entry prompts, no email spam, no sticky headers or footers, no scroll bar tampering, no breaking the back button.

We can and will make it even faster yet.

Is Jittery hiring?

Not at the moment. If that changes in the future we will modify this answer and specifically post about it in a prominent location on the site.

When was Jittery founded?

Jittery launched to the public in July 2020.


Last edited September 24, 2020 12:24 UTC
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