A couple of day ago I wrote about my search for a good collaborative tool for idea/argument sharing. I’m looking for a tool which makes it easy to contribute yes and no arguments (without having to login) and later on, vote on the best arguments. I was recommended four different tools and here are my opinons about them, after some testing:
MixedInk: From the start, this looked like the most promising site. However, I identified three problems:
- It doesn’t allow for the Norwegian characters Æ, Ø and Å. Since I wanted to use this connected to the Norwegian blog Europabloggen, this makes the tool useless.
- Users/writers need to sign in in order to contribute. I would prefers if it was possible to write arguments, without being member or having an user account at MixedInk.
- MixInk didn’t work well with Firefox, which is the browser I use. I had to open it in Safari in order to get the “write and edit” window up.
- Seems to work better as a feedback site, rather than a place to compare different arguments for or against an issue.
- The site is confusing. It says I have 10 votes left (no votes have been used), while when I signed up, it said I could have 100 votes a month. What’s up with that? I need more than 10 votes, but I’m not willing to pay for it.
- I really like Doodle to figure out when my friends or contacts have time to meet, but for this kind of task, Doodle doesn’t work that well. It seems to work best with a smaller group of people (even though in the FAQ it says that between 1000-2000 can participate, but it will slow down the page).
- However, it might be that it could work when I have gathered all the arguments, and Doodle could only be used in for the polling.
- Seems to be a great site, but I must admit, too complicated technically for me.
In other words, I haven’t found the tool I’m looking for.