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How Discuto works

Formating your document

Discuto automatically separates your document into numbered paragraphs , wherever it finds a new paragraph (pressing Enter) in your content. Because of this, we recommend formatting your document usuing a wordprocessing program, such as Microsoft Word prior to uploading to Discuto. This gives you complete control over where in your document you want the discussions to be, and enables you and your participants to clearly and quickly understand where to comment.

Headings and paragraphs

When preparing your document for uploading, please be aware that wherever Discuto finds a formatted heading, it makes a new paragraph where voting and commenting is disabled. This useful feature enables you to show titles, sub-titles, and where new topics begin.

How do I set a heading in Microsoft Word?

Let’s use the above text as an example.

You can see the “headings” has been highlighted and, in the top-right of the screen, been changed to a "Heading 1".For more information about formatting in Word, please visit http://support.microsoft.com/find-solutions/office.

You can format your document using Microsoft Word, Libre Office, Google Drive or other Word editors.

Here’s how it appears in Discuto:

In discuto "Headings" has been identified as a "Heading 1" and was automatically formatted accordingly. Paragraphs are also detected automatically based on new paragraph (Enter) in the word document. Carriage returns are not considered as new paragraph characters so they do not create a new paragraph in Discuto.

Uploading your document

The second step of the process consists in uploading the document to create your discussion. After the document is formatted you can in one click turn your document into a discussion by hitting upload. You can upload any kind of document format such as doc, docx, odt, html or google document format.

Uploading Sources

Discuto makes it easy to upload the document giving the option to upload directly from the user's computer or by getting the document directly from Google Drive. Other integrations with tools such as Box or Dropbox are in the way..

Setting up the discussion

One of the crucial steps of setting up your discussion is inviting and making your community engaged in the discussion. For inviting members simply add the email addresses in the Invite People box and Discuto will take care of the rest.

Invite participants to your discussion

On private discussions only members you invite will be able to access your document, for this you must send invites trough the discuto system so they get white listed and get access to your discussion. This ensures your document is safe and is not accessed by anyone outside your list of users.

  • Users who have not yet setup a Discuto account will receive an invite with the link to create an account and join your discussion
  • Users who already have a Discuto account will receive an invite to your discussion with their existing account.

Provide the basic settings for you discussion

Each discussions has it's own set of configurations to be made, these ensure that the discussion is safe (if set to private mode) or that the user's give feedback in the expected time frame by setting up open and close date for the discussion. Discussion settings include :

  • Setup privacy of the discussion (public or private)
  • Setup the close date for the discussion
  • Provide information for participants

Consensus meter

Discuto provides a dynamic discussion based on the document you uploaded, where the document get's updated while the discussion is going on. By means of a consensus meter you can better understand which parts of the document should be changed to increase consensus in your group.

Analysing your document

Discuto’s innovative consensus meter gives you real-time reaction to your document.
Do you want to achieve agreement among participants, or you want to increase debate? You can use the consensus meter to alter your content based on the votes and comments you receive.

  • If the consensus meter is in the red, participants have reacted negatively to the paragraph
  • If the consensus meter is in the green, participants have reacted positively to the paragraph:

Adapting the document "on the fly"

You can make changes to your document directly on the discussion.

You can adapt your document directly in the discussion, editing or changing the scructure by :

  • Adding new paragraphs
  • Deleting paragraphs
  • Editing the content of paragraphs
  • Disabling or enabling the voting and commenting on paragraphs

Making consensual changes and notifying your community

Click on "Change" below the consensus meter.

Whenever you make a change, votes and comments are reset and all participants who have voted and commented are notified. The previous version of the paragraph is saved so you can track your changes.

  • If the consensus meter is in the red, participants have reacted negatively to the paragraph
  • If the consensus meter is in the green, participants have reacted positively to the paragraph:

Downloading the final document

Once the discussion is over and changes are made based on the feedback of every participant you can easily download your document from the platform. As a measure of privacy, at no time (versions of) your document are stored by the system, rather it get's generated when you want to download it.

Downloading the document

If you want to show how your discussion progressed from start to finish, you can choose to download “with comments and votes”.
Be aware that you can only download an html file for this choice
If you want to have the final document with no extras, you can choose to download “without comments and votes”.
Then choose your preferred format and click “Download”.