LessWrong meets /r/place


Facebook Event Link & Google Calendar Link

Hello friends,

So this is a meetup I've been wanting to do since this summer, but I haven't gotten around it, so here it is!

In this meetup, we'll explore the 72h lifespan of the "/r/place" experiment, what we are confident in asserting regarding it, what is outside of our prediction models, and hopefully what conclusions and insights we can draw from it.

What is /r/place?

In just 72 hours, over a million redditors placed 16.5 million tiles to transform a simple, white, 1000×1000-pixel canvas into a surprisingly beautiful clash of communities, nations, ideologies, and fandoms. Because each user could only place one tile every five minutes, any single individual would have struggled to create a meaningful image on their own. However, through community collaboration, users quickly produced complex creations, surpassing all of our expectations about how this project would turn out once the 72 hours were up.

Basically, as far as transitivity in memetic structures go as a function of in-groupishness, r/place and the subsequent studies are pretty much the place to be.

After the experiment, the subreddit stayed open for a while, but I haven't focused on that part of the adventure, and more on the experiment itself. If anyone wants to do a quick research and present something about it for the meetup, feel free to do so!

** r/place Links **

Time-Lapse of the Experiment

Recap Description of the Whole Thing

Fully Interactive Map of /r/place

Atlas of All the Memes that Were Created

Final Canvas

Animated Gif Heatmap

/r/place Subreddit

Glorious Moments of /r/place as a Function of Time

Factions of /r/place

Landmarks of /r/place

** Recommended Readings **

Compression in cultural evolution: Homogeneity and structure in the emergence and evolution of a large-scale online collaborative art project

Latent Structure in Collaboration: the Case of Reddit r/place

Coordination in a Peer Production Platform: A study of Reddit’s /r/Place experiment

** Screening at Meetup **

Time-lapse of the experiment

r/place: an Incomplete History

VR Data Visualization Learnings from the Place Viewer

/r/place Recap song

** Format **

We meet and start hanging out at 6:00pm, and at around 6:45pm, we'll do a (very) short recap of what these events are about.

We'll then watch four short videos covering the basic dynamics at play (totaling <20 minutes), after which we'll dive into an open discussion about this entire phenomenon.


What is LessWrong? Good question! The answer lies here.

When: Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 6:00pm–9:30pm

Where: L'Infini, 5455 rue d'Iberville, loft 111A. Dial 800 at front door. (map)

Cost: Free (duh!)

Language: The meetup will be EN/FR with live translations as necessary.

Questions? Contact Yohan: 514-562-7682 ; 1806992[at]gmail[dot]com

Why come? To get to discuss with like-minded people in a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

I'll arrive late, is it fine? Yes.

Anything else I need to know? Yes. L'Infini is a sober space, so no drugs/alcohol consumption inside.

Can I invite friends? If you think we'll all get along, yes! :)

See you all very soon,