Note: the live application interface has been updated somewhat from the screenshots in this tutorial, but the text and images will still guide you through the steps as needed to explain the functionality.

Video tutorials

Our Youtube tutorials playlist contains 12 clips that average 36 seconds and cover most of the material in the text & screenshot tutorial comprising the rest of this page:

Basic functions

Record an idea

To add a new idea to your Oneslate private instance's knowledge base:

  1. Click the icon on the top toolbar.
  2. Enter the statement containing your idea in the "Title" field of the Add a Node form.
  3. Click the "Add" button.

Logically support an idea (add child node)

To add logical support to an idea, we suggest adding 2-4 child nodes that cover all the important aspects without repeating. You can add a child node to any node either:

  1. from that node's Grid View (click "Add Support"), or
  2. from that node's Node Toolbar (hover node, click "+" the third icon from the right, at the bottom of the node).

Quick-inspect an idea (hover node)

Hover over a node with the mouse to inspect it. In Tree view, the node must be larger than a minimum size for hovering it to perform the inspection. When hovered, the node shows the # of support and conclusion nodes linked to it and the # of ratings it has. If you have rated the node, you see the 5-bin consensus breakdown, and if you have not rated it yet, you see the five rating options. If you have flagged the node, you see the number of flags it has received.

Rate and re-rate ideas

To rate a node, hover it then click the bucket on the 5-bin scale corresponding to your rating, from invalid to valid.

Enter your query in the search bar at the top-left. Clicking a search result takes you to the tree focused at that node.

Tree view (see focus & supports)

Clicking a search result node, a tree from the home page treestream, or a node from the sorted node columns, takes you to its Tree view. You can zoom and pan the tree with the mouse.

Grid view (add supports & conclusions)

Clicking a node from the tree view takes you to its Grid view. The Grid view allows adding new support and conclusion relationships from new or existing nodes. Clicking a non-focus node in Grid will refocus on the clicked node. Clicking a non-zero side arrow will step navigate the row in that direction. Clicking the focus (center) node in Grid view takes you to that node's Detail view.

Detail (full-screen, stats & add sources)

The Detail view presents a single node. It shows the node Title, Explanation, Sources, current rating breakdown, and rating breakdown trend. Any user on the instance can add additional sources for the node's title from the Detail view. The creator of the node can edit the node Title. Anyone can review the node Title history from the Detail view.

Share (send link)

Hovering a node to reveal its node Toolbar and clicking the share icon (fifth from right) lets you share a link to the node and its title content to an email address.

Follow & Profile (for quick reference)

Following a node bookmarks it for quick review and navigation to it from a "Following" column in your profile and the sorted node Columns view. The follow icon is the sixth from right on the node hover toolbar.

Your username appears as a 8-digit random number to other users on the instance. This way, the pseudo-anonymous username is intended to reduce the influence of the username (available in each node's Detail view) of a node's creator on other users' ratings of it.

Flag (inappropriate node)

The rightmost icon on the node hover toolbar flags a node and reveals the Flags count on that node. Flag nodes which are inappropriate, do not belong where they are placed, or are nonsense. The administrator of your Oneslate instance can identify flagged nodes and take action to relegate nodes or edges as needed.

By using the top toolbar: Click 'view tree' , 'view grid' or 'view detail' buttons to access those views from any of the other ones.

By clicking nodes and backgrounds: From the Tree, click a node to access its Grid. From Grid, click a focus (center) node to access its Detail. From Detail, click the gray background to access its Grid. From Grid, click the gray background to access the focus (center) node's Tree view.

View lists displays sorted columns of nodes by attribute (latest, unrated, recently rated, following, most rated, and random).

More advanced

Add media & documents

Embed a linked image, audio, or video file from the Add a Node form by toggling 'media' as the node type and entering the URL of the media to embed as the Title of the node. (The file type of the media link that you specify must be compatible with the browsers that you intend to use to play the file.)

To link to a document, toggle the 'media' node type and enter the document's URL as the node Title when adding the node. Documents of type DOC, PPT, XLS, DOCX, PPTX, and XLSX are linked to open in an external web-based viewer. Linking to other arbitrary filetypes will simply link to that file with the node title as the filename.

To link an existing node as a support or conclusion or another node, click Add Support or Add Conclusion from the Grid, or click Add Child from the Node hover toolbar (fourth from right icon). Then, type a portion of the title of the node to link to, and select the node to link to from the autosuggest list that appears. Add the node to complete linking the nodes.

Nodes with multiple parents

In Grid view, any number of parent, or conclusion, nodes may be accessed or created in relation to the focus (center) node of the Grid.

Designate IBIS types

When adding a node, click "Type" at the top-right of the "Add a Node" form. Then, select the IBIS type with the icon to be displayed above that node in Tree view (question, idea, argument pro, argument con, decision). Users of a shared private instance can modify the IBIS type designation of nodes from the Detail view.

Export tree as image (PNG)

Save any text-only tree as an image by modifying the URL to the format (from You can specify the width and height in pixels with options such as in (default is 1024x768).

Admin capabilities (instance owner)

If you created the Oneslate private instance, you have access to these capabilities. Please contact Oneslate for if you have additional admin role management needs.

Invite a user

Administrators of private instances can visit, then click "Add user", to invite collaborators to the instance by email.

Relegate node

Hover a node and click the leftmost node toolbar icon (x) to relegate it. Confirm OK when prompted, and the node will no longer be accessible on the instance.

Relegate edge

Hover an edge connecting two nodes and click the red "x" that appears, then confirm OK when prompted, to break that relationship between the connected nodes.

Homepage message

Administrators of private instances can click the "edit" button on the homepage to modify its homepage message using HTML and CSS.

Administrators of private instances can visit, then click "Set logo", to upload a custom logo to be used throughout that instance.

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