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I am finding it really difficult to understand what this tool is or does from the hand-wavy description in the article.

The part where it turns out "replace email" actually seems to be "replace usage of email for an apparently narrow document-editing task" is some good old-fashioned link baiting.

Anyhow, I'll bite.

What does this tool do that SharePoint doesn't? Or other email-integrating document management tools such as (shudder) TRIM?




    it turns out "replace email" actually seems to be "replace 
    usage of email for an apparently narrow document-editing 
    task" is some good old-fashioned link baiting.
From what I understand of the description the idea is that it becomes a management layer on top of email for submissions (hence submittable) that need some collaborative management. Similar to how google docs forms work, but instead of the results ending up in a spreadsheet they end up in the collaborative document editing system.

After looking at their website the use cases seem clear, the Pandodaily article does seem to lack a simple explanation: http://submittable.com/


Yes, the website is definitely better at getting the gist across -- a document management tool with email integration.

There's definitely a market here, as the zillions of DMS vendors have demonstrated.

I guess I'm a curmudgeon who feels annoyed when people pass off as REVOLUTIONARY HYPERNEW AMAZING ZING BOOM CRASH things that, upon closer inspection, turn out to be nice implementations of a known genre.

(I hasten to add that the blame, if any, seems to rest with the journalist, not the Submittable team).


    (I hasten to add that the blame, if any, seems to rest 
    with the journalist, not the Submittable team).
I went back and read the article again and it really is quite questionable how the company is presented. The author seems to have tried to spin some sort of "email is terrible" narrative and got lost along the way.

I think the author should have tried to explain how Submittable would provide value to a company like Pandodaily and that would have been better at putting across the value. For example Pandodaily has a "tips" email which would be the perfect use case for the editorial portion of Submittable, yet that is unmentioned and instead the author tries to explain what seems to be a summary of watching someone use the site for 10 minutes.

They also do not seem to have mentioned any of the other specific types that Submittable cater to, which includes resumes, audio / film submissions and grant applications, all of which have their own systems to enable proper management.

Hopefully Submittable will be covered again by someone else and properly so they have a fair shot at being exposed to the masses, because this article is really doing a poor job of even hinting at what Submittable is about.




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