Recent updates to (2013-2014)

by gwern4 min read8th Jul 201432 comments


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Previous: 2011, 2012-2013

“It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. / It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, nor the sapphire. / The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for vessels of fine gold. / No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.”

Another 477 days are past, so what have I been up to? In roughly topical & chronological order, here are some major additions to









  • I began A/B testing my site design to try to improve readability:

    • no difference between 4 fonts
    • no difference between lineheights
    • no difference between the null hypothesis & the null hypothesis
    • a pure black/white foreground/background performed better than mixes of off-colors
    • font size 100-120%: default of 100% was best
    • blockquote formatting: Readability-style bad, zebra-stripes good
    • header capitalization: best result was to upcase title & all section headers
    • tested font size & number size & table of contents background: status quo of all was best
    • BeeLine Reader: no color variant performed better than no-highlighting
  • anonymous feedback analysis (feedback turned out to be useful)
  • deleted Flattr, trying out Gittip for donations; Gittip turns out to work much better
  • I began a newsletter/mailing-list; the back-issues are online:

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