A Scout's Guide to dscout Lingo
Welcome to dscout! Now that you've created an account, you may find yourself wondering about some of dscout's verbiage and lingo. Consider this your go-to glossary for all the unique terms and aspects that define our platform!
What's a mission?
A mission is the adventure you'll go on while using the dscout app! A mission can be made up of multiple parts. Completing a part usually involves answering the same series of questions a few times over a couple of days. You'll record your experiences and opinions using some combination of video, pictures, and text. Each time you answer all the questions in a mission part, we call that "creating an entry”. Be sure to follow all of the instructions in the parts and complete them within their timeframe to earn your reward!
What's a part?
Missions are made up of parts (they can have one or multiple). Each part has its own instructions, unique questions and timeframe. Completing a part usually involves answering the same series of questions a few times over a couple of days. You'll record your experiences and opinions using some combination of video, pictures, and text. Each time you answer all the questions in a part, we call that "creating an entry.” Subsequent parts in a mission will only occur once previous parts have been completed. Once you complete a part, depending on your mission leader’s preference, the next part will either open for you automatically or your mission leader will open it for you when they are ready!
What's an entry?
An entry is the set of answers you provide while completing a mission part. A lot of the time, you'll submit multiple entries while on a single mission part. For example, imagine getting into a mission with two parts all about how you play with your dog! In the first part, you might be asked to take a 60 second video of yourself & your dog and answer a few questions to introduce us to your dog. Then in the second part, you might be asked to take a 30 second video and answer a few more questions every time you play together over a three day period. Each time you take a video and answer a series of questions about what you're doing in the video, you're creating an entry.
Who are mission leaders?
Mission leaders are the folks in charge. They're the ones reviewing your entries and making sure you've completed everything you need to in order to be paid. They're also available in case you have questions that aren't answered in the mission overview or part instructions, or if you have trouble completing a mission. You can contact yours by tapping the "Messages" tab while viewing a mission.
What's dscout Live?
dscout Live is a new feature allowing scouts to engage in one-on-one remote video sessions with researchers. Unlike missions, which you complete on the dscout mobile app, dscout Live currently requires a desktop or laptop computer for participation.
Where do the entries I submit go?
The entries you submit in a mission are viewed by dscout and/or the company we're working with for that particular mission. We do not share your information publicly, unless you do such a good job we feel compelled to show off your ideas & experiences with the world (in which case we'll ask you for permission first).
Can other scouts see entries I submit?
Ready to learn more about participating in missions? Read more here.