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Wikipothesis Jump Product’s Goal:

To develop new technology and products that will rapidly improve or “jump” the quality of life for all.

Why Wikipothesis Jump Product?

We learn from the past. This is useful if we pass along technology and ideas that improve our well being and standard of living. But before we continue down a worn path, we need to consider if there’s a better way.

This website is for all who believe there’s a better way—a much better way—and we just need to use our individual and collective abilities to make that jump to that new way of living.

Wikipothesis Jump Product believes that the intelligence and skills of individuals and the collective can be used to develop new products or modify current technology in ways that prove more useful to society, that such ideas already exist and need access to a wide audience, that standards can be developed to decrease costs to society, and that these efforts can rapidly improve (“jump”) the quality of life for all.

An example of what we can achieve

Today, we build homes using many of the same materials that were used millennia ago. Homes, in general, aren’t made to resist hurricanes, floods, tornados, or earthquakes. People around the world can’t afford decent housing. Repairing a home is more time consuming and costly than it needs to be.

Collectively, we can jump past the use of wood, nails, screws, and other old technology. We can develop new materials and designs to make homes easier to build, cheaper to build, better built, and which require less maintenance or make maintenance easier and less costly. We can develop plans for quality-built, low-cost housing to shelter just about everyone—and maybe everyone—on this planet.

All of this will happen. The question is how much will happen in our time.

Another example

Local, regional, and national governments use taxpayer resources to independently develop software that serves a common purpose. It’s more efficient and respectful of taxpayer resources to welcome open source software or pool funds to develop software that can serve all nations at local, regional, and national levels, yet be flexible enough to serve a nation’s particular needs.

What can be posted?

All ideas should have as their goal to improve the quality of life by saving people time or money, by creating better health or better living conditions, or by improving the health of our planet. All ideas may not seem dramatic, but even seemingly small ideas, when they improve the quality of life for millions, jump the quality of life for all. As an example, the Zeer refrigerator is a simple clay pot within a clay pot; between the pots, moistened sand keeps food in the inner pot cool due to evaporation of moisture from the sand. The Zeer refrigerator significantly reduces food spoilage for farmers and consumers in developing nations. As another example, society carried around heavy luggage for centuries before old technology (the wheel) was added to luggage to make it more user friendly. Even though wheels on luggage seems obvious, no one seemed to have come up with the novelty until 1970. If someone had the idea prior to that date, it wasn’t given a forum. Wikipothesis Jump Product seeks to rectify such lapses in product development.

  • Post only your own idea or one your have legal rights to. You may not publish any idea that is derived from another person’s as yet unpatented ideas, theories, hypothesis, research, writing, or even their comments unless such information is already published/patented and you credit the originator, or unless you obtain permission (see below for details). You must not place anything on this website that may infringe on the originator’s potential to benefit from their originality. Please read the Wikipothesis’ Terms of Service and the Wikipothesis definition of intellectual property. Note that Wikipothesis’ definition of intellectual property is more stringent than that defined by U.S. intellectual property law. By posting on Wikipothesis, you agree to abide by our definition.

If someone allows you to post their idea, you must not place the idea in the public domain unless the idea’s originator has given you permission. The idea’s originator retains all rights to any idea that they don’t place in the public domain. Permission to use all or part of another person’s idea and/or to place it in the public domain must be signed by both parties and notarized or provided similar verification as appropriate to your nation. Both parties must retain a copy. You must also credit the originator in your post.

  • Public domain. Ideally, most ideas developed or placed on this website will be placed in the public domain. Anyone contributing to the post is of the understanding that their contribution will also be in the public domain. To place an idea in the public domain, please specify “Public Domain” at or near the top of your topic page.
  • National or global standards. If your idea involves developing a national or global standard, you must place it in the public domain.
  • Patented. You may post an invention you have patented or submitted for patent.
  • Intended for patent. You may post an idea that you intend to patent, and invite others to contribute. Please state at the top of your post that the idea is intended for patent. You agree that any contributor who improves the idea by contributing to the post or its discussion pages (including history pages) or who contributes to its final state will be listed as a contributor in the patent. Any monetary gain made from such patents must be shared with contributors to the idea. It is up to all parties to decide how to value each contributor’s share. All contributors agree that neither the patent or provisional patent application, nor the sale of an idea or patent will be delayed in a manner that would damage other contributors. If you need assistance deciding the value of each contributor’s idea, you may ask the Wikipothesis Jump Product community for input. Please refine your idea before you post, otherwise, if someone reads your post and improves your idea outside of Wikipothesis Jump Product, they may patent the improvement. Please consult with a patent attorney to know your rights before posting an idea or invention intended for patent. Also be advised that nations outside the U.S. may not abide by U.S. patent law.
  • Product improvement or suggestions. If you believe a product could be improved or developed if it was given a forum for discussion, post the product and state in what manner it fails to be useful and in what manner it needs to be improved, or state why the product needs to be developed. This is an invitation for the community to improve or create the product. It is up to each contributor whether his/her contribution will be in the public domain.
  • Sometimes, older is better. Old technology may be reintroduced if it would prove more useful to society than its more recent replacement. In this case, please describe when the product had been in use and what positive attributes it possesses which should be re-introduced to society.

What not to post?

  • Already known. A product idea that is already known or posted elsewhere on the Internet should not be posted here unless the idea needs a forum for discussion and only if it follows the guidelines in the next two bullets.
  • Generalizations. Just about every product could be improved in some manner. But general ideas about the need for product improvement shoud not be posted here unless it would result in significant progress (or “jumps”) in the quality of products, would contribute to saving people time or money, would improve the quality of life, or would contribute to the health of our planet.
  • Product ideas or promotion unrelated to this site’s goal. It may be difficult to decide if your product is unrelated to this site’s goals (examples of unrelated products/ideas would be a more powerful vacuum, a better tooth whitener, a nifty ironing board). If you’re in doubt, post your idea or product in the “Commercial” category. Your idea/invention may eventually be moved if other users feel it should be in a main category.

Rules of respect

When posting material on this website or making comments, you must do so with civility. Do not make derogatory statements, use strong emotion as a substitute for analysis, or use this website to promulgate a mistruth. When you state the need for a product, use facts to detail your case. Use reasoning and support your statement through a line of logic. If someone posts something that goes against this rule, instead of hurling insults, simply point out what you believe are flaws in the post. If unsupportable statements continue to interfere by taking focus away from discussing a topic, delete the statements. Also delete the insults. When you use facts to back your point, be cautioned that if you lift data from sources that have not verified their data, they are not then facts and do not belong on this site. Other users should delete such unverified data.

Do not back a point by citing religion as an ultimate source of authority. It tends to elicit anger from contributors of competing religions and should not be part of this website.

This is also not the place to expound on topics that have nothing to do with this site’s goal or that have nothing to do with progress.

Users who repeatedly demonstrate an inability to communicate civilly or logically, who repeatedly reference unverifiable data, or who misuse this site may be blocked from posting on this website.

How to post a new topic

Create a new topic page to post your idea

To create a new topic page, enter your page title in the search field then click the magnfiying glass icon in the search field or press Enter on your keyboard. If the title hasn’t already been taken, a message will ask if you would like to create the page. Click “yes.” A new topic page will be created. The page won’t be saved until you enter text in the page and save the page. Note that the wiki software doesn’t allow more than one topic page to have the same title. To allow more than one topic page to use similar titles, add additional details in parentheses at the end of the page title. For example: Washers (sink faucet) vs. Washers (bathtub faucets).

When you edit your post, every time you click the save button, a version of your post is saved in the history tab. For instance, if you make six small edits and save after each, six records will be saved in the history page. You can use the preview button to view your post before saving it to prevent a long history file where everyone can see your mistakes.

Be aware that the first time you click the save button, your post is viewable under a section called “uncategorized pages.” If you don’t want anyone to see your post until it’s ready, prepare the post offline then post it in its completed form before you click the save button.

Topic pages are editable by any logged in user.

Add your page to the Table of Contents

After you create a new topic page, the page won’t appear in the Table of Contents until you indicate under which category/subcategory the page should be listed. This makes sense because the software itself has no idea. To make the process easy, a Category box appears on each topic page in read mode (you must be logged in to edit the Category box). Detailed instructions can be found in the Help page.

A topic page that has not been added to the Table of Contents will appear in “uncategorized pages,” which can be found in the sidebar under “Special pages.” A link to uncategorized pages also appears in the second paragraph of the Table of Contents.

Join the discussion!

When you read a post and are logged in, you will see several tabs next to the topic page. The discuss page allows the Wikipothesis Jump Product community to participate in developing a product idea. Debate also helps build new insight that may evolve into other ideas. Discussion should be brief, concise, and easily understood by the general public.

You should use the commentpage to provide general comments that don’t fit in the topic page or a discuss page.

The topic page should be used to keep track of the invention’s progress.

The history page retains a history of all edits and deletions to every posts (a different history page appears depending on whether you were just viewing a topic page, discuss page, or a comment page.

When you read a post, make note of whether the post’s originator has placed the idea in the public domain, or if it’s patented/patent pending, or if it’s intended for patent/or no designation is provided. Posts without any designation are assumed to be intended for patent.

  • If the post is in the public domain, any contribution you make will also be placed in the public domain.
  • If the invention is patented/patent pending, you may discuss the product. If you have a suggestion for product improvement, you should ask the invention’s originator if suggestions are being accepted; if so, you should post your idea in the discuss page. It is up to each contributor whether his or her idea will be placed in the public domain. If you retain your patent rights, you have the option to join with the invention’s originator (if he/she accepts) to submit a new patent application or to patent the improvement on your own.
  • If the idea is intended for patent or if no designation is provided, you have the option to contribute and to place your contributions in the public domain or retain your patent rights.

Skill Call category

As a product is developed, you may discover that you need the participation of particular specialists. To request participation of a specialist, place a “skill call” category within your topic page’s Category box. Skill Call is a category in the Table of Contents; this makes it easy for specialists to find your request.

Unless the product idea is in the public domain, please allow the originator of a topic page to request a Skill Call. If you are not the originator of the topic page, you can use the discuss page, topic page, or comment page to suggest the need for a Skill Call. If the topic’s originator doesn’t respond within ten days, go ahead and add the skill to the page’s Category box.

See the Help page for instructions on how to add your page to Table of Contents category. Make sure to add your page to a Skill Call category (subcategory). If you create a new Skill Call category, add (skill call), including the parentheses, after the category name; you will also need to follow the instructions in the Help page to move your new category under the Skill Call category.

You may request as many skills as needed by adding more skill categories to your topic page’s Category box.

Commercial category

If you aren’t certain if your idea is right for Wikipothesis Jump Product, list your page in a subcategory under the “Commercial” category. The Commercial category should not be used to promote a product that’s obviously unrelated to this site’s purpose. However, individuals or small business without significant resources who are trying to promote a product may use the commercial category if the product has at least some progressive use to society. Do not place any obscene products on this website. Such products will be banned, the user account deleted, and the individual/company may be subject to legal prosecution.

To add your page to the Table of Contents, see instructions on the Help page. Make sure to add your page to a Commercial subcategory. If you create a new Commercial category, add (commercial), including the parentheses, after the category name. You will also need to follow the instructions in the Help page to convert your new category to a subcategory under the Commercial category.

Patenting your invention

In the United States, you have one year to patent your invention after it’s first published in a public medium to prevent it from falling into the public domain. Before the end of that year, you may obtain a provisional patent, which will extend the timeframe to obtain a patent by one year from the date of the provisional patent. If you seek to obtain a patent outside the United States, be aware that most other nations will bar your right to a patent if the idea has appeared in a public medium. If you file for patent pending before publishing your idea or invention, it may protect your rights to a foreign patent, but first check with an attorney to ensure your patent rights.

In the U.S., only the originator(s) and contributors to an invention may patent the invention. It is illegal to patent someone else’s invention. If someone improves your idea, they may independently obtain a patent for that improvement.

Please note that Wikipothesis is not providing legal advise. To understand your rights, please contact your nation’s patent office or seek legal counsel. Patent attorneys may contribute to the Patent Law pages, but such contributions should not be viewed as definitive legal advise.

Will your product idea remain on Wikipothesis Jump Product?

We reserve the right to move or delete any post that is considered too general, too obvious, or not useful enough to warrant discussion or development. We may move the post to the X-Zone to notify others that the idea has already been posted and to not repost a similar idea. The timeframe for the post to be moved is flexible.

We reserve the right to delete any post that does not fit into any appropriate category (including the Commercial category) or that is meant as an obvious commercial promotion or advertisement for a product that is not at all related to this site’s purpose.

We also reserve the right to delete the account and block the IP address of anyone who uses this site improperly.

The X-Zone

The X-Zone is where product ideas go that prove unworkable. The timeframe for the post to be moved is flexible. All pages will remain editable unless Wikipothesis chooses to freeze the discussion.

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