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Feedback from Less Wrong Community

Thanks everyone. How to Actually Change Your Mind up next.

Feedback from Less Wrong Community

What we'd probably do is, for most articles, just tell you it's best to read the article here. We've done that quite a few times before and try to let people know we do this when describing the product.

Feedback from Less Wrong Community

I suppose what we'd really like to know is the expected value of of each sequence so we can do the one with the highest expected revenue. We could have asked you to put probabilities of purchasing each sequence next to the name of the sequence. Maybe next time…

Second major sequence now available in audio format

One of our customers uses a Firefox plugin called downThemAll which, given an podcast feed, will download all the MP3s for you. I suspect this will most closely resemble the outcome you're looking for.

Licensing discussion for LessWrong Posts

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Recommendations for good audio books?

We're doing LessWrong content as audio. There are currently several commutes worth of audio from the sequences, with more coming soon.

New Sequences and General Update From Castify

FYI, The Simple Truth, as an experiment is now CC-BY-SA licensed.

Licensing discussion for LessWrong Posts

The issue is that we have been called parasites, yet we haven't done anything parasitic—in fact, short of asking for feedback, we haven't done anything at all. We are asking for feedback because we don't want to be parasitic. We understand there will some people who will never be comfortable with us using their stuff, some who wish to be compensated, some are happy to allow LessWrong [management] to decide what's in their interest and some who are happy to freely allow us to use their material, perhaps subject to some restrictions.

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Licensing discussion for LessWrong Posts

In response to some of the comments here and as a bit of an experiment, we've made The Simple Truth mini audiobook available with a CC-BY-SA license. Enjoy and share alike.

2wedrifid9yWow, I'm impressed. I'd go out and buy all the works you have produced thus far... if I hadn't already purchased them all.
New Sequences and General Update From Castify

Thanks for that. I hope you enjoy it.

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That's a good idea. Any suggestions on the best way to go about doing that?

0somervta9yThe obvious way would be to put a link in your post, and/or set up a second post asking for volunteers (either way, you should put something in the discussion section also). You could ask anyone who's interested in helping to email you a voice sample of a particular article, specifying the length in the post.
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Your confusion is warranted. I quickly changed the terms to one year based on feedback, but didn't update the description text. Sorry for the confusion.

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Interesting. I love how everyone has such different preferences.

We're definitely going to stick strictly to the human-narrated content, but there is certainly a growing market of services which can get you your TTS content and we think they have a place too.

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What we're really interested in doing moving forward, aside from more sequences, is turning the promoted posts into a podcast. This would be offered as a paid monthly subscription.

We'd love the community's feedback on this.

Edit As suggested by somervta, if anyone is themselves interested in narrating some content, please get in touch with us. We'd love to get people familiar with LW content to help out with the load. When we start adding more channels, we expect our of main challenges to be keeping the quality of the readers high.

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It's great to get all this feedback. Answer updated. Thanks.

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Yes, we're very cognisant that some content just doesn't work as spoken word. We thought Less Wrong content was a great test case because most articles translate well to spoken word and is pretty unique in that the sequences nicely cluster content for us to offer.

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Another good suggestions. That's something I overlook all the time and is pretty easy to fix.

7beoShaffer9yI was just on Castify, and it looks like it has been successfully fixed. Impressive response time.
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That's pretty convincing. For some reason I had that limited access idea locked in my head. It just stuck for some reason. We will definitely have a chat about changing that very soon.

(Some background: We were going to launch initially with monthly subscriptions, where you get new content every month. In the end, we decided to start with a core sequence and gauge the feedback from everyone. So we had a subscription model "locked in" from early days.)

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That's gonna be bad news for us since all the primary action buttons are green and somewhat banner shaped. LOL.

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Thanks a lot for the feedback. That's extremely encouraging. We thought the getting the sequences done would be great for example that case and we hope it will thinks more approachable for your busy friends.

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Hi there. If you go to the home page and press the green button, you'll hear a sample (you can listen to a whole article). But yes, we are planning to have a sample for each channel. For now, I'll just mention that you can hear audio on the channel page. Thanks.

Edit Sample now available on the channel page.

7Kaj_Sotala9yThanks, I managed to miss that one somehow. It might have been because a green, banner-shaped button was classified by my brain as "graphic / advertisement", so my eyes skipped over it. I don't know if that's a common reaction, but if it is, you might want to make it look different.