We've had at least one thread on this before, and the question was also featured on the latest survey, although there's only a single category for people referred in person by another person.

[anonymous]8y7

I went ahead and played around with the survey data, and got some interesting results:

Women are more likely to have been brought into LW by either a friend or by reading HPMoR

Percentage of women referred by a friend: 18%
Percentage of men referred by a friend: 10%

Percentage of women referred by HPMoR: 33%
Percentage of men referred by HPMoR: 17%

Conversely, men were more likely to have been brought in by OB or other blogs:

Percentage of women referred by OB: 18%
Percentage of men referred by OB: 29%

Percentage of women referred by other blogs: 13%
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3[anonymous]8yThanks for the links! But the thread doesn't clarify between genders, and also doesn't come in an easy to manipulate format (such as a spreadsheet) The survey does much better at this, but has almost half the respondents answer that they came from OB or HPMoR, where I am specifically asking "If you came from OB or HPMoR, then how did you find THOSE sites?"

How can people be actually converted?

by yttrium 1 min read5th Feb 201294 comments

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Have you ever convinced a religious person to become atheistic? How did you do this? How long did it take? Were the people in some sort of life crisis, or were they just living along?

This is probably a quite difficult task of persuasion. So stories how people were successful at it could be very interesting to improve ones' persuasion abilities.

Relatedly, it might be interesting to know what religious groups have gathered on techniques to convert people to their religion - are there some manuals/techniques floating around?