Our mission at Trickle is to make lifelong learning effortless. That mission has a profound influence on the type of content we welcome on the platform. The primary purpose of any content on Trickle must be to enable learning. While that narrows down the range of content on Trickle a little, the potential scope remains immense. Collectively, lifelong learners have an immense range of interests. And there are many different ways to present information to facilitate learning. So authors have significant freedom in how they present their material. However, it should be clear that their intent is to explain ideas and concepts rather than to sell, advertise, or promote a product or service.
Here’s what we think characterizes great learning content on Trickle:
- Simple: Written in everyday language so that someone who is not an expert in the topic can easily understand it. Any jargon or specialized terms should be explained.
- Concise: Because drips are short, it’s critical to filter out the noise to focus on the essential.
- Memorable: Presents thought-provoking ideas in ways that facilitate the retention of new knowledge.
- Well-researched: Based on quality research that seeks to uncover the truth. That generally means using multiple credible sources.
- Balanced: Consider multiple points of view, not just the opinion of one expert. Each drip should rely on multiple sources. Authors should embrace controversy if it exists.
- Linked: Key facts, statistics, and quotes should be linked to external sources. Quotes should have accurate attributions, when possible to the primary source.
We are building Trickle to be a platform where people can showcase their expertise and make a name for themselves. However, it’s important that authors disclose potential conflicts of interest. Readers should know, or example, if you are being paid to promote something or have a financial interest in its success.
There are certain types of content we won’t tolerate on Trickle. Content that does any of the following will be removed.
- Promotes hate or violence
- Engages in harassment or the violation of someone’s rights (e.g. privacy, copyright, trademarks)
- Promotes dangerous pseudo-scientific ideas or unfounded conspiracy theories
- Makes misleading or false claims or is otherwise deceptive
- Publishes content whose main purpose is to sell, advertise, promote, drive traffic, generate backlinks, etc.
- Is annoying and spammy
Please flag inappropriate or offensive content to firstname.lastname@example.org.