For those of you with an insatiable appetite for all things relationship advice-related, “His Take” contributor and guest columnist, Dennis Hong, has created a brand new advice site called LemonVibe that just may meet your needs. Designed for people with pressing relationship issues, and a pressing desire to comment on other people’s relationship issues, LemonVibe is a site to get and give immediate advice on the problems that pop up in all kinds of interpersonal relationships. Here’s Dennis to explain what the site is all about.
First off, what is LemonVibe?
At its core, LemonVibe is a relationship advice site, but with several unique twists that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet. For instance:
1. We “crowdsource” advice, so letter writers can get immediate feedback from people just like them.
2. Letter writers can submit questions and interact with the community, all while remaining completely anonymous.
3. People can rate each other’s advice in three different categories, and the most helpful individuals are recognized in each of these categories.
What exactly is crowdsourcing?
This is the idea that large groups of people working together can come up with solutions that individual people cannot. With all due respect to the wonderful advice columnists out there (our favorite one of whose name rhymes with “Mendy Schmatterberry”), I believe that questions on dating and relationships are sometimes just too complex for any one person to have all the answers. So, our goal is to offer advice seekers as many perspectives as possible and let them decide for themselves what works.
In essence, we’re completing what I call the Dating Lifeline Triumvirate. When you need advice, you can first talk to your friends (“phone a friend”). If you want more help, you can write to Dear Wendy (“ask the expert”). And if you still want more help after that, you can ask everyone at LemonVibe (“poll the audience”)!
And yes, in some respects, LemonVibe is similar to “Your Turn.” But that’s why we have several more cool features up our virtual sleeve….
Such as anonymous submissions?
Yup! After all, you might not always want your personal issues blasted for the world to read. At the same time, it’s a hassle to have to create a dummy account just to write a letter, or to respond to any questions that your letter stirs up.
So, not only do we allow you to submit letters anonymously, we also give you the option to post any follow-up comments anonymously, as well. This way, you can participate in the subsequent discussion and never give your identity away!
Alright, now tell me about this rating system.
At LemonVibe, every comment can be rated on three separate criteria:
1. Is it helpful?
2. Is it funny?
3. Is it blunt (but necessary)?
Simply put, we don’t always need the same type of advice. Sometimes we need sympathy, sometimes we need a laugh, and sometimes we need a swift kick in the behind. Well, LemonVibe offers all three, and you can easily sort and view only the ones that suit your needs!
And how are people recognized for being helpful?
Personally, I think it’s awesome that Dear Wendy readers give advice out of the goodness of their hearts, but I also believe that the way we encourage people to be thoughtful is through positive recognition. That’s why we have our Community Experts panel, where we feature those individuals who consistently give the best-rated advice.
As you can see then, LemonVibe is specifically designed to stimulate meaningful discussions and recognize upstanding members. Our goal is to create a community, yet allow everyone to maintain their privacy.
So how do you participate at LemonVibe?
1. If you’re looking for advice, you post a “blurb,” which can be a question on dating and relationships, a general topic you want to discuss, or even a snippet from an online dating profile that you want feedback on.
2. If you want to offer your own insights, you comment on the blurbs that other members post.
3. Or, if you prefer to be more of a silent participant, you can rate the blurbs and comments of
Anything else we should know about LemonVibe?
Stick around for a while, and maybe you’ll become one of our Community Experts! Check us out