My path to LW was to Sl4 -> overcoming bias -> LW. This was because interested in systems that can change themselves in how they handle problems ( how they manipulate facets I didn't have a good language for it back then though).

I'm now getting close-ish (1-3 years) out of having something that I think can manipulate facets in a flexible way (using an internal market place based on user feedback). I mentioned it here. My rough strategy for what to do with it long term is here.

This requires different long term strategies. With the way I view things I think it more likely we will build/become demi-gods slowly. My over-arching strategy is to try and figure out what problem-solving is then figure out what to do about it. I have come across stuff like this which suggests world views on this forum at odds with mine. I've asked for back up plans. But got no response.

Most recently I've been trying to argue that we as rationalists need a place to work together on experiments that may end up wrong or not have necessarily the highest predicted value, because exploring via experiments gives us information about the world and may surprise us. The community could provide this sort of space for me and others..

I think it likely my work will fail, just because I am trying something complicated and exploring an unexplored area.

My assessment of the helpfulness is not going well. I put lots of effort into discussions. I should probably be putting more effort into posts which get more visibility. But I think I get a taste of the likely engagement. I got some people clicking through my links on my project, one person watching my video to the end. But no comments and one upvote.

experiments that may end up wrong or not have necessarily the highest predicted value, because exploring via experiments gives us information about the world and may surprise us

I want to express support for this idea. We need to do experiments where the expected answer is "Hell if I know" -- where you might discover something and not just fine-tune the precision of the answer you already know.

How often do you check this forum?

by JenniferRM 1 min read30th Jan 201763 comments

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I'm interested from hearing from everyone who reads this.

Who is checking LW's Discussion area and how often?

1. When you check, how much voting or commenting do you do compared to reading?

2. Do bother clicking through to links?

3. Do you check using a desktop or a smart phone?  Do you just visit the website in browser or use an RSS something-or-other?

4. Also, do you know of other places that have more schellingness for the topics you think this place is centered on? (Or used to be centered on?) (Or should be centered on?)

I would ask this in the current open thread except that structurally it seems like it needs to be more prominent than that in order to do its job.

If you have very very little time to respond or even think about the questions, I'd appreciate it if you just respond with "Ping" rather than click away.