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A platform where people help each other navigate difficult situations

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Jun 11, 2022
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An online platform where people who have been through certain situations help people who are currently going through similar situations navigate them.
  • Know that you are not the first to experience something and be inspired by the fact that others have conquered similar obstacles.
  • Access to the collective knowledge of other people who have been through similar situations, including their strategies for success and lessons from failure.
How it works
Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations that are unfamiliar and at a loss on how to navigate them. In such instances, many of us would panic, which might result in decisions that will put us in more trouble.
With this platform, you can type an overview of what problem you are currently facing. Based on what area of expertise people filled in when signing up on the platform (relationships, startups, finance, biotechnology), the platform's algorithm brings up the problem on their feed. Then, people who have had similar experiences will indicate on the post after which everybody will be added to a private room. There, they can share how they successfully navigated such situations, the failures they had, and so on.
The person who posted the problem can ask questions and seek further advise depending on how the situation unfolds. The problems can be anything, like heartbreak, how to navigate work politics, how to survive a bad, ruinous investment decision, and so on.
Think of the platform as an instant messaging version of Quora that is strictly for problem-solving.
Also, I'm not sure which is better: that the platform's users maintain their anonymity or that they register with their profiles.
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General comments

jnikola2 years ago
Hi! The idea is really good, I just have one question. To understand someone's position and to know how to properly give advice to someone, a lot of background data is necessary. How would you deal with this problem and still maintain the platform fast and efficient?
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
J. Nikola I don't understand your question well enough. However, I think you can give background information on an issue while stripping it of personal details so you remain anonymous.
Is that what you mean?
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jnikola2 years ago
Oguntola Tobi Sorry for not being clear enough. What I want to address is the issue that people often have with psychologists. They think one hour will solve all their issues, but they don't understand that psychologists need to first get to know them, and that's what takes a lot of time. Back to your platform, how would you provide someone on the platform with enough background information in order for them to understand your position and give you proper advice, without writing tons of content or going too wide in your descriptions?
Also, how would you protect people from giving bad advice to each other? Things could easily go wrong?
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
J. Nikola On your first question, I don't think there can be a formula for that. The person who has a problem they are trying to resolve will have to determine just how much information they can afford to put out without compromising their anonymity. If contributors require more information, they can ask and the poster can provide more.
On your second question, I believe people should be smart and discerning enough to pick the best and most suitable advise for their situation.
I hope these help.
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