What is Jittery?

Jittery is a short-form knowledge digest that uses a question & answer format to provide facts about topics.

This page is an example of a Jittery topic.

It's not a frequently asked questions system, although it's akin to that. In the case of Jittery, frequency isn't the primary factor in determining which questions & answers are presented. The most important thing a Q&A should accomplish is to help the reader quickly acquire a fundamental knowledge of the topic, with a bias toward high importance over triviality.

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 Benjamin Franklin. 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 privileges and rank up as they contribute to the site, 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, it doesn't work. 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.

What is the long-term goal of Jittery?

To modestly contribute to human knowledge using our Q&A approach to short-form information. To build-out Jittery to span as many topics in as many languages as possible. If we fail, that's ok, it's worth the attempt - somebody should do it.

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 NC ND 4.0, with attribution required, license.

That means you can freely copy and redistribute the editor created content on Jittery 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. The content can't be used for commercial purposes. The license disallows derivative works, if you remix or modify the content you may not redistribute it.

Why the name Jittery?

There are several reasons for the name. 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 similar. Jittery is an easy choice over QuestionAndAnswerSiteOnline.com. The vagueness of the name is also ideal.

Does Jittery have a mobile app?

No. If the demand is there, we probably still won't consider a mobile app at some point in the future. Web sites are better in many cases, as people don't actually like installing and updating dozens of apps on their phones.

Can I sign up for Jittery with social media?

No, we specifically do not allow social media sign-ups. We're not aware of any large social media companies that can be trusted when it comes to privacy and personal information. We're 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're 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're not interested in competing there, dedicating (wasting) resources toward that and unnecessarily 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'll assess as we go along.

How does Jittery make money?

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

Is Jittery looking for investors?

No. Most venture capitalists are a poor fit for Jittery due to their short-term outlook and growth-at-any-cost mentality. Typical venture capitalists look out five to seven years max, because of their funding cycles. If Jittery is to succeed, it must have a long-term outlook. Very long-term thinking is the antithesis of venture capital. Most things of consequential value take a long time to build.

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

Venture capital requires that you prioritize generating a return for investors. 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 value order will destroy the knowledge service in the end. Jittery takes the approach of commercial minimization.

When was Jittery founded?

Jittery launched to the public in December 2019.

Is Jittery hiring?

Not at the moment. If that changes in the future we'll modify this answer and specifically post about it on the site.
Last edited January 17, 2020 06:45 UTC
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