Comment boards on blogs, news sites, and elsewhere are good at letting people speak. Reflect helps people listen.
Reflect makes a simple change to comment boards. Next to every comment, Reflect invites readers to succinctly restate the commenter's points. These restatements are shown in a bulleted list.
Simplicity can be powerful. Restatements can help show that someone is listening, help avoid conflicts that stem from misunderstandings, help other readers find takeaways in long discussions, and build community through a new way of interacting.
Reflect is free and open source.
Reflect is a research project at the University of Washington.
This project is mainly funded by the National Science Foundation (grants IIS-0811210 and IIS-0966929). Allan and Inger Osberg also generously supported Travis in 2009-10 through the Osberg Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Engineering.
The project team includes: