How I Learned Vision Statement

We are creating a community of people who share the process for learning new things. We are explicitly aiming to improve upon WikiHow by introducing:

  • Authors
  • Voting
  • Actions
  • Repetition

Knowledge Through Authors

WikiHow aims to take a neutral point of view, while How I learned aims to support multiple points of view. For each topic on WikiHow, there is one definitive article about that topic written in a neutral tone. With How I Learned, we embrace multiple authors and multiple points of view. This means, for example, that specific authors can proscribe subjective judgements into their lists, such as a cook adding his favorite toppings, or a PC gamer recommending specific computer parts. The WikiHow article on building a custom PC, on the other hand, takes a neutral point of view, in which it does not recommend any specific parts or set up. By embracing authors, we embrace concrete, definitive perspectives on how to do things, like build a computer, rather than generic, neutral ways of doing things.

Knowledge Through Voting

Every list on How I Learned is voted upon by the community. The best lists are then displayed on the front page, and users can search through categories to find the most popular lists. By allowing people to vote on lists, we enable high quality lists to rise and poor quality lists to fall. Furthermore, we will build voting into the fabric of the experience. Users will be required to vote as part of the user experience, thus ensuring that every person is contributing, regardless of whether they are creating content or reviewing it.

Knowledge Through Action

With How I Learned, each step is associated with a definitive action. For example, an article on biking five miles is tied to a specific action, registering 5 miles biked on a smart device. Lists are not merely static pieces of text. Instead, each item in a list is a goal, and each goal can be met or not. By building custom integrations where we track the success of each action, we can keep people on track and help them succeed.

Knowledge Through Repetition

Facts become knowledge once they are ingrained into habit. With How I Learned, actions are repeatable and become daily goals. Through smart phones and push notifications, we can keep people on task and ensure they are developing the skills they set out to accomplish. In this way, How I Learned goes from a static list into a rhythm of daily life.

Ultimately, How I Learned aims to allow people to pass down their knowledge to others, enabling people to learn new skills and explore new worlds.

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