March 18, 2010

Pro-Con Lists – Weigh Your Toughest Decisions

Should you go to Harvard or Yale, play World of Warcraft or Guild Wars, move back home or live with a friend? You could think about the problem on your own, talk about it with a friend, start writing down the merits of each option, or turn to the web and let help find your solution. The premise behind the site is simple—allow users to make pro/con lists debating any topic they want and utilize the collective power of the Internet to connect people who have experience dealing with similar types of situations.

No matter what type of problem you’ve got on your mind, Pro-Con Lists can help you find your own solution. Start by creating a list with a title, category, and description, and then begin entering your own pros and cons. Each pro and con item can be ranked based on rational and emotional weight, and you can instantly calculate your results to determine which option you should choose. When you save a list, you can decide whether to make it private or share it with friends. If you allow the poll to be public, then it will show up under the category heading and other users will be able to rate it, email it, or leave their own comments to share their ideas and advice.

Once you’ve finished updating your pros and cons, you can view the list as pie graph and sort it by emotional results, rational results, or balanced results. And based on which answer comes out on top, your choice should theoretically be made. For anyone who’s having a hard time making a tough decision—and especially anyone who enjoys getting input from friends or strangers—Pro-Con Lists is a web-app that is definitely worth checking out.

Practical Uses:

  • Weigh the pros and cons of a situation before making a big decision
  • Invite friends and family members to weigh in with their own advice
  • Separate the emotional from the rational factors when choosing a solution to your problem
  • Help other people make decisions by leaving your own opinion on their lists

Insider Tips:

  • Link to your Facebook page and share your problem with social networking friends
  • Rate anyone’s lists with the five star system
  • Email your list to others to seek their advice
  • Save an unfinished list and add more pros and cons at a later time

What we liked:

  • Online distribution features make sharing lists easy
  • Pro-Con Lists has created an easy way to seek advice on major decisions
  • Browse “similar lists” to see people with problems that are similar to your own
  • Choose whether to allow users to “agree” or “disagree” with each pro and con

What we didn’t like:

  • Ability to save other people’s lists was not functioning when we used the site
  • The site could use some refinement from a design and usability standpoint


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Lake Forest, California
  • Founded by: Bryan Rosenkrantz and Dan Covey
  • Web site:


  • Free

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