About the Name
Stor-I stores the memories of its users, and thus its name is derived from that functionality: it stores your (I) stories. Millions of people around have hundreds of interesting stories to tell about what they did, experienced or learned at specific locations. The most interesting development will be when multiple stories are told about the same locations, thus building a folk history for the world which cannot be generated by computers. Stor-I offers a place for the world's stories to be told and displayed, easily accessible and searchable for generations to follow.
Stor-I is respecting Your Privacy
The storysite Stor-I allows users to both make their stories anonymous or, if they so choose, to make them private and available only to readers who've been given permission to read them. There may be hundreds of reasons to keep a story private, and Stor-I does not seek to invade the privacy of anyone.
Democratically Writing the World's Timeline
Much like Wikipedia allowed the world to take part in the organizing and drafting of its factual information, Stor-I allows the history of the world to be written by its citizens. Stories always happen in specific times and places, and Stor-I uses advanced technology, with the help of Google, to recreate this place-time link and display it visually on a map.
The map of time is divided into a double-timeline on the map. Either timeline can be moved with the mouse, thus selecting another time and place. On both the map and the timeline, (publicly available) stories are displayed when their time or place is selected. A specific story can be selected either by selecting its title or its balloon on the map--as the world's stories are more densely populated, ever-more innovative methods of organizing the tales of the world will have to be developed.
Stories can also be sought out with the 'Select' page, using the site's search advanced search feature.
The Intersection of Time and Place
Stor-I's dual time and place map makes for a valuable and enjoyable experience in finding stories which interest you. Maybe you'll want to see what people write about the place grew up, the place you went to University, or maybe you just want to see what stories people have to tell about the place you're thinking of going for vacation next year. No matter what reason you have for researching a place, Stor-I is another good, democratic resource for both travel and folk research. With minimal censorship and no goal of selling a user on a specific place, Stor-I is really a revolutionary new effort in the way humans communicate experiences about the places of the world.
Ease of Writing with a Pseudonym or I-Person
Suppose your daughter had an experience on the play ground recently but is not yet ready to tell that story or even capable of properly writing it, but would still like to relay it to others. Perhaps you might even want to record the story to show her later. Through the set-up page, you can create and manage so-called 'I-Persons', which are little more than pseudonyms or points-of-view from which you can write your stories. There is no limit to the number of I-Persons you can create, so you could potentially tell the stories of your entire family or neighborhood. This also might aid in the telling of stories for older generations, who relate their words to you but are perhaps too weak or incapable of writing the stories themselves.