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General information about Elephrame
What to know about Topics and Ideas
How to contribute to Elephrame
How to contribute to Elephrame anonymously
How to listen to/remember Topics, Ideas and Profiles
How to share References
How to update your account and profile
How to connect with other people
How to report contributions and profiles


General information about Elephrame

What is Elephrame?

Elephrame is an an archive of data and ideas.

What does "Elephrame" mean?

Elephrame is a combination of the words "elephant" and "frame".  "Frame" refers to the frames of reference through which each of us sees and interprets the world around us.  "Elephant" is a reference to a parable that illustrates the importance of looking at the world through multiple frames of reference.

The parable, which originated in South Asia, tells the story of blind people who were asked to describe an elephant based on their sense of touch.  Those who felt the foot said it was like a post; those who felt the tuft of the tail said it was like a broom; those who felt the head said it was like a jar; and so on.  As each person described the elephant according to what they felt, they became frustrated with each other and fought.  Each person had seen the truth, but from only one frame of reference.

Elephrame is where we bring those frames of reference together so that each of us may come away with a more complete picture of the world around us.

Who can contribute to Elephrame?

Anyone with an account can contribute to Elephrame.  You may join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join.

How do I join Elephrame?

You may join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join or by clicking the Join link on the header menu.

How do I enter (or log in to) Elephrame?

You may enter Elephrame at elephrame.com/enter or by clicking the Enter link on the header menu.

How do I reset my password if I forgot it?

You may reset your password at elephrame.com/enter.

How do I search Elephrame?

You may search for Topics, Ideas, Public Figures and Profiles at elephrame.com/search or by entering your query in the search form on the right of the header menu.

What to know about Topics and Ideas

What are Topics?

They are subjects for discussion or consideration on Elephrame that meet Topic standards.

What are the standards for Topics on Elephrame?

In order to be a Topic on Elephrame, a subject must have been written about extensively by published sources that are neither the Topic's subject nor a person or institution associated with the subject.

What are Ideas?

Ideas are assertions made by public figures about Topics on Elephrame.  Ideas are posted to Elephrame by Alisa Robinson, the site's creator.  None of the Ideas posted to Elephrame are necessarily endorsed by Elephrame or Alisa Robinson.  They are posted because Alisa wants to create a site that helps people see and understand issues from a variety of perspectives.

How to contribute to Elephrame

Can I contribute a Topic or Idea?

No, not at this time.

How can I contribute to Elephrame?

You can respond to Ideas and create Reference Lists.

How do I respond to an Idea?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go the Idea that you want to respond to. (To find the idea, you may browse all Ideas at elephrame.com/contribute,  browse Ideas about a specific Topic within the Topic's page or search for it at elephrame.com/search.)
3. Press the Respond button.
4. Fill out the form.
5. Press the Post button.

Can I edit or delete my response?

No.

Is there a limit on the number of contributions I can make?

Yes.  You are limited to 20 Responses per day and 20 Reference Lists per day.  Furthermore, each Reference List may only have a maximum of 25 References.

How do I view the contributions that I have made?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to display the drop down menu.
3. To view your Responses, click the Responses link on the drop down menu.  To view your References, click the References link on the Menu.

How do I share Topics, Ideas, Responses and Reference Lists on social media?

1. Go to the Topic, Idea, Response or Reference List that you want to share.
2. Click the Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Google+ icon.
3. Follow the instructions in the window to share.

What is the difference between an open and an anonymous Response?

Open contributions are those that our names are attached to publicly while anonymous contributions are those that are names are not attached to publicly.  You can learn more about contributing anonymously at How to contribute anonymously.

What are the rules that I must follow when I post a Response?

The rules are covered in detail at elephrame.com/dossier/rules.

How to contribute to Elephrame anonymously

How do I contribute Responses anonymously?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Idea that you want to respond to.
3. Click Respond and enter your response in the form.
4. Select the Post Anonymously checkbox at the bottom of the form.
5. Press the Post button.

What are the rules for anonymous contributions?

The rules (and the consequences for breaking them) are the same as those for open contributions. 

When should I contribute anonymously?

You should contribute anonymously when you want to share an idea that you believe is important to share, but that you believe may cause others to harm you if they know that it was you who said it. It should be noted, however, that while Elephrame is committed to protecting your anonymity, the risk of your identity being revealed by people with malicious intent exists here just as it does on any other anonymous service so keep that in mind as you post as well.

How to listen to/remember Topics, Ideas and Profiles

What does it mean to listen to a contribution?

When you listen to a Topic, you put it on a list that allows to you keep track of new Ideas that have been made about it.  When you listen to an Idea, you put it on a list that allows you to keep track of new Responses to it.  You can monitor the Topics and Ideas that you are listening to at elephrame.com/user/listen.  You can manage them at elephrame.com/user/connections.

How do I start or stop listening to a Topic?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Topic in question.
3. Click on the green Start Listening link on the right of the page to start listening to the Topic or click on the red Stop Listening to stop listening to it. (You may also stop listening to Topics at elephrame.com/connections.)

How do I remember or forget an Idea?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Idea in question.
3. Click on the green Remember this Idea link on the right of the page to start listening to the Idea or click on the red Forget this Idea to stop listening to it.  (You may also stop listening to Ideas at elephrame.com/connections.)

How do I start or stop listening to a Profile?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Profile in question.
3. Click on the green Start Listening link on the right of the Profile to start listening to it or click on the red Stop Listening to stop listening to it.  (You may also stop listening to Profiles at elephrame.com/connections.)

Can I listen to a Response, Reference or Reference List?

No.

How to share References

What are References?

References are articles, studies or other sources of information that give others access to your knowledge.

What are the character limits on Reference Lists and References?

Reference List names are limited to 150 characters.
References are limited to 1000 characters.

How do I create a Reference List?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the References link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/references).
3. Click the Create a Reference List link to show the form.
4. Write the name of your Reference List in the form.
5. Press the Post button.

How do I add a Reference to a Reference List?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the References link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/references).
3. Click the Add a Reference button next to the name of the Reference List that you want to add a Reference to in order to show the form.
4. Write the name of your Reference, provide a link to it (if applicable) and other relevant details in the form.
5. Press the Post button.

How do I remove a Reference List?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the References link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/references).
4. Click the Remove Reference List link next to the name of the Reference List that you want to delete.

How do I remove a Reference from a Reference List?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the References link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/references).
4. Click the Remove Reference link next to the name of the Reference that you want to delete.

Can I edit my Reference Lists or References?

You can remove Reference Lists and you can remove References from a Reference List.  However, you cannot change the title of a Reference List or change the content of Reference that has already been posted.

Can I listen to a Reference List or Reference?

No.

How to update your account and profile

How do I update my name, email, biography and other settings?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Settings link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/settings).
3. Update your name, email, password, notification options, privacy settings or biography.
4. Press the Update button.

What is the character limit for my biography?

Biographies are limited to 150 characters.

What are the differences between a public and a private Profile?

A public Profile is visible by everyone who visits Elephrame.  Search engines like Google and Bing may list it in their search results.  A private Profile hides your contributions from people whose listen requests you have not accepted.  It is not displayed in search results on Elephrame and search engines are instructed not to put in their search results. 

What does it mean to deactivate my account?

When your account is deactivated, it and your Profile are unpublished which means that they can no longer be viewed by other people.  However, both your open and anonymous responses remain visible elsewhere.  For security reasons, however, your account and Profile are not permanently deleted.

How do I deactivate my account?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Settings link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/settings).
3. Press the Deactivate button at the bottom of the page to show the confirmation overlay.
4. Press the Confirm button in the overlay.

How do I reactivate my account?

Enter your email address and password on the entry form at elephrame.com/enter.  Your account and Profile will be automatically reactivated.

Can I delete my account?

No.  For security purposes, it is not currently possible for you or anyone else to permanently delete your account.

How to connect with other people

How do I start or stop listening to a public Profile?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Go to the Profile in question.
3. Click the green Start Listening link on the right of the Profile to start listening to it or click the red Stop Listening link on the same side to stop listening to it.

How do I listen to a private Profile?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Go to the Profile in question.
3. Click the green Send a Listen Request link on the right of the Profile.  The request will be sent to the person behind the Profile who will be given the choice to accept or deny your request.  If they accept your request, you will be notified by email.  If they deny your request, you will not be notified.

How do I see who I listen to?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Connections link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/connections).  The names of the profiles you are listening to are under the header "Your are listening to # people".

How do I see who listens to me?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Connections link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/connections).  The names of the people who are listening to your profile are under the header "# people are listening to you".

How do I view listen requests that I have sent?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Connections link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/connections).  The names of the people that you have sent listen requests (and who have not evaluated your request) are under the header "# listen requests have been sent by you".

How do I view listen requests that have been sent to me?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Connections link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/connections).  The names of the people that have sent you listen requests are under the header "# listen requests have been sent to you".

How do I accept or deny a listen request?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter.
2. Click the Manage link on the header menu to show the drop down menu and then click the Connections link on the drop down menu (or go directly to elephrame.com/user/connections).
3. Go to the section entitled "# listen requests have been sent to you".
4. Under each name in this section are two buttons : Accept and Deny.
5. If you want to accept a person's listen request (i.e. you want to allow them to get updates on the contributions you make), then click the green Accept button.  If you want to deny a person's listen request (i.e. you do not want to allow them to get updates on your contributions), then click the red Deny button.  People will not be notified when you deny their request.  They will be notified when you accept their request.

Will I be notified when someone accepts or denies my listen request?

You will be notified by email when someone accepts your listen request, but you will not be notified if someone denies your request.

How to report contributions and profiles

How do I report a Response?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Response that you want to report.
3. Click the Report button underneath the Response.
4. Choose the violation that you believe the Response has committed from the select menu underneath "What have they done?".
5. Provide any details about the violation that you believe are relevant in the textarea underneath "Details".
6. Press the Send button.

How do I report a Profile?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Profile that you want to report.
3. Click the Report link on the right of the page to display the report form.
4. Choose the violation that you believe the Profile has committed from the select menu underneath "What have they done?".
5. Provide any details about the violation that you believe are relevant in the textarea underneath "Details".
6. Press the Send button.

How do I report a Reference or Reference List?

1. Enter Elephrame on elephrame.com/enter (or join Elephrame at elephrame.com/join).
2. Go to the Profile that contains the Reference or Reference List that you want to report.
3. Click the Report link on the right of the page to display the report form.
4. Choose the violation that you believe the Reference or Reference List has committed from the select menu underneath "What have they done?".
5. Provide the name of the Reference or Reference List in the textarea underneath "Details".
6. Press the Send Report button.

Will the person I reported know that I reported them?

No.  In fact, not even the person who reviews the report is able to see who made the report.

What happens when I report a person or contribution?

After you send your report, it is sent to Elephrame where it and the content that you have reported are reviewed.  If the person who reviews it determines that the contribution has violated the rules or Terms of Service, then the contribution and contributor will be penalized.  If the reviewer determines that neither the contribution nor the contributor violated the rules or Terms of Service, then no penalty is implemented.

Will I be notified if the person or post I reported is penalized?

No.  You will not be notified of reviewer's decision.

What are the consequences if I violate the Rules or Terms of Service?

If you violate the Rules or Terms of Service, the post that contains the violation will be removed.  In addition, you will receive one or more of the following penalties depending on your violation, its context and its severity :

A warning
Suspension of anonymous posting privileges
Suspension of all posting privileges
Termination of anonymous posting privileges
Termination of all posting privileges
Suspension of account
Termination of account

Can I appeal a penalty that I have received?

Yes.  If you have received a penalty and you believe that it was given in error, you may appeal once to have it reversed.  In order to appeal, respond to the email about your penalty with an explanation about why you did not violate the Rules or Terms of Service.  After your appeal is evaluated, this decision - whether it is to reverse the penalty or let it stand - is final.

Can I find out who, if anyone, reported me?

No.  Not even the person who reviews the report is able to see who made the report.


If you have any questions that were not answered above, please send them to questions[at]elephrame[dot]com.