How do I use the SketchFactor app?
Check out the tutorial screens below, which will walk you through the app.
Rules of the Road
SketchFactor empowers you with more information to make smart choices while navigating through cities on foot.
- Enjoy the app. Report and read sketchy stories, and navigate to where you need to go.
- Be respectful. Don’t use hateful or prejudiced speech. Not cool and not allowed.
- Be responsible. You are responsible for your content. Some people see reporting sketch as sharing dangerous experiences, others think of it as relaying weird incidents. All stories are welcome.
- Be realistic. SketchFactor is an app. We can’t prevent you from encountering harm.
- Be street smart. Looking at your phone while on the street or on public transit can cause you to be a target of smartphone theft. When you are navigating through cities--be it your hometown, work trip, or vacation destination--be aware of your surroundings.
- Be safe. If you have encountered an unsafe situation, wait until you are in a safe place before reporting the incident to SketchFactor or proper authorities. SketchFactor is a private company, unaffiliated with any police, government, or institution. We are not a substitution for calling 911.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SketchFactor?
We're a navigation app that relies on crowdsourced experiences and public data. We're exclusively focused on improving city exploration on foot. SketchFactor empowers users to report sketchy experiences, read sketchy incidents, and get directions to where they need to go.
What does sketchy mean?
Sketchy means a number of different things. To you, it may mean dangerous. To someone else, it may mean weird.
What can I report?
You can report any sketchy incident you see fit.
What about the racial and class implications? Doesn't this harm communities?
SketchFactor is a tool that can be used anywhere at any time by anyone. The app is not exclusive to privileged communities or tourists. Many of our users experience racial profiling, police misconduct, and harassment. We encourage all users to report this information. In addition, we partner with community organizations to ensure all members of the community have access to this app.
My organization wants to get involved with SketchFactor. How do we do that?
Contact us through the app for more information about partnership.
What if I read a report that offends me?
What if I read a report that amuses me?
How long do sketch reports stay on the map?
About 1 year. Once a year has passed, we retire the data to our analytics process. You can see how recent a report is based on the Just Now, Recently, and A Long Time Ago icons visible on the sketch reports.
Downvoted reports for offensive or spam reasons will be removed from the app. The reporting user may be banned.
App Misuse and Abuse
SketchFactor is intended to be used as a fun community empowerment tool. You can report sketchy incidents as they happen, but do be aware that other users' experiences do not reflect your experiences. If you see a report that is offensive, spam, or otherwise unhelpful, downvote it. For example, if someone reports a rat sighting, and you live in NY, you may not find that sketchy.
Any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory posts will be deleted. One exception: if the user is referring to an incident where they were the target of a discriminatory experience, by all means, share the nitty gritty detail.
Media & Press
Please contact us through the app for more information.
If you are having technical problems with our app, please use the form below to submit your issue. We'll address it just as soon as we can.