I really like the design and the concept as explained in the strategic overview. I think this has a lot of potential, but I think that there is still a significant amount of work to do.

  • Firstly, it is really annoying to always have the recommended reading up the top. You should be able to collapse this panel and it should stay collapsed if you are logged in.

  • You can only see the last three featured posts, there does not seem to be any way to go back in time.

  • Recent posts is extremely clumsy. Clicking on the title should open it up to a full page view. Instead, you have to click load more, which only loads a couple more, making it take much longer for you to browse backwards in time than in the current Less Wrong. I'm not a fan of infinite scrolling, but this is infinite scrolling without the scrolling!

  • The current Reddit allows you to view the highest rated posts in the last day, week, month, three months and year. These options are useful as they allow you to quickly catch up on what has occurred since the last time you visited.

  • There is no way to easily browse people's profiles. This is a big issue if we are going to make posts first go to individual's profiles.

  • Meta posts currently don't appear on your profile.

  • I keep running into problems on mobile (Android) with my words disappearing after I click submit in comments.

On the other hand:

  • I am so glad to see a meta-section. Meta discussion is important, but you don't want it to overwhelm your object level discussion, especially since many people are bored by it. Creating this section allows as much meta-level discussion as is needed to take place, whilst avoiding these other issues.

Overall, the biggest changes so far have been internal or cosmetic. The biggest structural change has been the addition of meta as discussed above. People can publish on their own page without posting in main, but this is unlikely to get much use until there is a better discovery mechanism for finding people to follow.

Thanks for the list! Brief responses:

  • Yes, the recommended reading will be changed for logged-in users. If you saw the image in the strategy overview, we're planning to have it be the space to continue reading, which is smaller too, but we'll probably give you further edit power still.

  • To be done this week.

  • To be done this week.

  • This sounds like a good idea, my guess is we'll add this at some point during the open beta.

  • If you mean that you'd like to, say, be able to be notified when your favourite writers / friends post, then yup, we'l

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Beta - First Impressions

by Chris_Leong 1 min read21st Sep 2017104 comments


I thought that instead of everyone having to create a separate post for their first impressions, it would be more convenient to create a single post for this discussion. I'll post my own here soon.