Note: The following depicts my personal perception and feelings.

What bothers me is that Less Wrong isn't trying to reach the level of Timothy Gowers' Polymath Project but at the same time acts like being on that level by showing no incentive to welcome lesser rationalists or more uneducated people who want to learn the basics.

One of the few people here who sometimes tries to actually tackle hard problems appears to be cousin_it. I haven't been able to follow much of his posts but all of them have been very exciting and actually introduced me to novel ideas... (read more)

After seeing how highly your comment got upvoted, I just wrote an extremely hardcore post :-)

0lukeprog9yI'd never heard of the Polymath Project. Thanks for the linky.

What bothers you about Less Wrong?

by Will_Newsome 1 min read19th May 2011162 comments

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Or, what do you want to see more or less of from Less Wrong?

I'm thinking about community norms, content and topics discussed, karma voting patterns, et cetera. There are already posts and comment sections filled with long lists of proposed technical software changes/additions, let's not make this post another one. 

My impression is that people sometimes make discussion posts about things that bother them, and sometimes a bunch of people will agree and sometimes a bunch of people will disagree, but most people don't care that much (or they have a life or something) and thus don't want to dedicate a post just to complaining. This post is meant to make it socially and cognitively easy to offer critique.

I humbly request that you list downsides of existing policies even when you think the upsides outweigh them, for all the obvious reasons. I also humbly request that you list a critique/gripe even if you don't want to bother explaining why you have that critique/gripe, and even in cases where you think your gripe is, ahem, "irrational". In general, I think it'd be really cool if we erred on the side of listing things which might be problems even if there's no obvious solution or no real cause for complaint except for personal distaste for the color green (for example).

I arrogantly request that we try to avoid impulsive downvoting and non-niceness for the duration of this post (and others like it). If someone wants to complain that Less Wrong is a little cultish without explaining why then downvoting them to oblivion, while admittedly kind of funny, is probably a bad idea. :)