I've been a LessWrong organizer since 2011, with roughly equal focus on the cultural, practical and intellectual aspects of the community. My first project was creating the Secular Solstice and helping groups across the world run their own version of it. More recently I've been interested in improving my own epistemic standards and helping others to do so as well.

Raemon's Comments

My attempt to explain Looking, insight meditation, and enlightenment in non-mysterious terms

 I think that all of these are worth doubting without further evidence, and I tihnk that some of them are in fact wrong.

I'd be interested in you going into the details of which claims seem wrong and why.

Give praise

Child development literature says that praise should be rare, specific, and genuine

This sounds plausible, but in a domain as fuzzy as this having some kind of citation would be good.

[Review] On the Chatham House Rule (Ben Pace, Dec 2019)

These seem like important considerations, but aren't really engaging with what Chatham House rules are trying to do, which is not to keep secrets, just to keep people's identities obfuscated enough that people feel comfortable speaking freely

Changing main content font to Valkyrie?

So, it'd be really nice to be able to use the text-shadow trick (I really want to be able to adjust how post-titles look slightly to improve the overall site contrast)

It's the sad case that while this trick looks excellent on my high resolution macbook, it looks kinda pixelated and cruddy on my desktop monitor. I'm curious if you've looked into that at all.

aaq's Shortform

Nod. I do agree with that. 

The Review Phase: Helping LessWrongers Evaluate Old Posts

The Review Phase is a bit of an evolving process – I'm expecting us to learn over the course of the month what sort of reviews are most helpful.

One explicit update I made since last week is shifting the Review Phase from "write up whether you think this post should be included in the book" to "focus on providing information to other people who are evaluating the post."

The "judge" mindset seemed to be outputting less useful content than the "provide information to help evaluate" mindset. 

I do think including notes about what you think should be included in the book is still valuable, but is something it makes more sense to do after you've spent some time in "evaluate and add information" mode.

The LessWrong 2018 Review

The process isn't finished yet – it'll hopefully complete sometime in January of next year.

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from World of Warcraft: Goodhart’s law

The latest version of the "offtopic comment" feature that the team had chatted about was a "collapse" feature, where some comments are just forcibly collapsed with a flag, and this is just a generic tool that admins and some authors have access to. Doesn't really require anything automatic, just, when you notice such a thread, you can close it. (It's still appear in the comment list, just collapsed as if it had low karma, possibly with a reason displayed)

Raemon's Scratchpad

The LW team has been trying this out the "bolded unread posts" a few days as an admin-only setting. I think pretty much everyone isn't liking it.

But I personally am liking the fact that most posts aren't grey, and I'm finding myself wondering whether it's even that important to highlight unread posts. Obviously there's some value to it, but:

a) a post being read isn't actually that much evidence about whether I want to read it again – I find myself clicking on old posts about as often as new posts. (This might be something you could concretely look into with analytics)

b if I don't want to read a post, marking it as read is sort of annoying

c) I still really dislike having most of my posts be grey

d) it's really hard to make an "unread" variant that doesn't scream out for disproportionate attention.

(I suppose there's also an option for this to be a user-configurable setting, since most users don't read so many posts that they all show up grey, and the few who do could maybe just manually turn it off)

Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from World of Warcraft: Goodhart’s law

Reading this thread in the future, I find myself kinda wishing for ways comment threads like this could be auto-collapsed or resolved or something after reaching their conclusion.

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