This is a short post to say that I have started and am managing a Slack channel for lesswrong.
Slack has only an email-invite option which means that I need an email address for anyone who wants to join. Send me a PM with your email address if you are interested in joining.
There is a web interface and a mobile app that is better than google hangouts.
If you are interested in joining; consider this one requirement:
- You must be willing to be charitable in your conversations with your fellow lesswrongers.
To be clear; This means (including but not limited to);
- Steelman not strawman of discussion
- Respect of others
- an aim for productive conversations, to make progress on our lives.
- a brains trust for life-advice in all kinds of areas where, "outsource this decision to others" is an effective strategy.
- collaborative creation of further rationality content
- a safe space for friendly conversation on the internet (a nice place to hang out)
- A more coherent and stronger connected lesswrong
- Development of better ideas and strategies in how to personally improve the world.
- Film making
- Goals of lesswrong
- Human Relationships
- political talk
- real life
- Resources and links
- and some admin channels; the "welcome", "misc", and "RSS" from the lw site.
Edit - first week of October: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mub/open_thread_oct_5_oct_11_2015/csr3
Edit - 3rd week in october 2015: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mwt/open_thread_oct_26_nov_01_2015/cuq5
Edit - 3rd week in november 2015 http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mzz/open_thread_nov_23_nov_29_2015/cwyl
Having skimmed this post and the Less Wrong Slack wiki page, I had to really look to figure out what my Next Action for signing up to the Slack channel would be (I infer that it is to PM you my email address). Consider adding that information as a sentence in bold at the top of this page and/or the wiki page?
This is awesome, thanks for doing this!
I am surprised that you are the first person to mention difficulty. I will put it in the top post more boldened.
Having participated on this chat, one of the key advantages of it compared to the IRC is that there are multiple channels. So if I want to talk about Human Relationships and Eliot wants to talk about Lifehacks our conversations don't interfere with each other.
This also greatly increases the signal to noise ratio. If a channel is uninteresting to you, then you don't need to follow it.
IRC has this function also, but the affordances for using it are not as good. I think Slack is an upgrade to the IRC interface on almost every axis.
There's been quite a bit of talk about partitioning channels. And the #lesswrong sidechannels sort of handle it. But it's nowhere near as good. I'm starting to have ideas for a Slack-style interface in a terminal... but that would be a large project I don't have time for.
I haven't tried it, but this looks like it could be useful for that project: https://github.com/evanyeung/terminal-slack
Can participants make their own channels?
Yes, but please mention your intent first so they we can tell you if there's already an existing channel that meets that need
Is that really necessary? Slack displays all the non-private channels in the sidebar
Sometimes we might want to make a more general channel instead.
Great. That sounds like a robust and useful system for the time being.
Neat! Maybe we could use this for weekly meetups between people who don't live near an already existing LW meetup group.
Done. I will post the first online-concentrated-meetup with a date-time in another week. (to allow more people to join)
This sounds like a great idea!