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jonathanrstern · 225d ago

Hey Daniel,

Pairagraph is a platform for written dialogue between pairs of notable individuals. (

In the short run we’ve decided to keep Pairagraph closed — only certain people are able to participate in dialogues. The idea here is not to exclude anyone but to establish a track record of quality discussion before opening it up. By starting with quality and move gradually to quantity, we think we have a better shot in the long run of preserving both.

When do you think it makes sense to 'open up' Pairagraph and allow authors to start conversations themselves?


- Jonathan Stern

jonathanrstern · 237d ago

Eli Dourado's blog post is the single-best thing I've read about what may be coming.

jonathanrstern · 247d ago

Well... both!

This is great advice. Thanks, Dominik. I'll play around with no-code tools first and see how far I'm able to get!

jonathanrstern · 247d ago

Wow, very helpful. Thanks, Brad!

jonathanrstern · 250d ago

I've been a bit confused as to the methodology behind what they call 'Ratings from players & experts'.

Here's what they say: "Your score will change as other participants and experts vote on you during the Pioneer Tournament. Scores change based on the quality of other players. For example, if you’re upvoted over a top player, you’ll get more points than if you’re upvoted over a low-ranked player. You still get points if you’re upvoted over a low-ranked player—just not as many. The best way to reach and maintain a high score is to demonstrate impressive progress every week."

Honestly, I think the best anyone can do is just to keep at it! Submit updates, do the personality quiz, the puzzles, and review 20 projects each week, and you'll be near the top of the board in no time. Good luck!

jonathanrstern · 250d ago

Awesome -- huge congrats Ben and Ose!

jonathanrstern · 273d ago

Hey Daniel,

When do you think is the right time to try to monetize a product like


jonathanrstern · 275d ago

Awesome - Congratulations!!

jonathanrstern · 278d ago

Great idea! Would be very cool to build something that shows who all is upcoming. (From time to time, I'll tweet about who's coming soon, but it'd be better if that were built into the site somehow.)

No fixed criteria. "Notable" is a vague, amorphous, ever-expanding classification. As I said in my initial post, the idea here is not to exclude anyone but to establish a track record of quality discussion before opening it up. We’re wary of elitism and committed to including as many people (and perspectives) as possible. This is also why we have a ‘Suggest’ page on the website for readers who are interested in recommending future authors/topics.

Submit the suggestion and we'll do our best to get your friend involved!

jonathanrstern · 278d ago

Hadn't seen this one - thank you!!