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Attention Lurkers: Please say hi

35 Post author: Kevin 16 April 2010 08:46PM

Some research says that lurkers make up over 90% of online groups. I suspect that Less Wrong has an even higher percentage of lurkers than other online communities.

Please post a comment in this thread saying "Hi." You can say more if you want, but just posting "Hi" is good for a guaranteed free point of karma.

Also see the introduction thread.

Comments (617)

Comment author: JStewart 16 April 2010 09:20:56PM *  15 points [-]


edit: to add some potentially useful information, I think the biggest reason I haven't participated is that I feel uncomfortable with the existing ways of contributing (solely, as I understand it, top-level posts and comments on those posts). I know there has been discussion on LW before on potentially adding forums, chat, or other methods of conversing. Consider me a data point in favor of opening up more channels of communication. In my case I really think having a LW IRC would help.

Comment author: Yoreth 17 April 2010 08:26:35PM 12 points [-]


I've been registered for a few months now, but only rarely have I commented.

Perhaps I'm overly averse to loss of karma? "If you've never been downvoted, you're not commenting enough."

Comment author: clarissethorn 25 April 2010 03:15:48PM 10 points [-]

(I'm sorry if this comment gets posted multiple times. My African internet connection really sucks.)

Hi. 25 years old, HIV/AIDS worker in Africa, pro-BDSM sex activist in Chicago. Blog at clarissethorn.wordpress.com.

I very rarely comment because comments here are expected to be very well-thought-out. Stating something quick, on the basis of instinct, or without stating it in perfectly precise language seems to me to be dangerous.

Another reason this site has a higher percentage of lurkers is, obviously, because of the account requirement. There's another related problem, though: there's no way to have followup comments emailed to you. This means that if you really want to participate in the site, you have to be pretty obsessive about checking the site itself. That's annoying unless you are very interested in a very high percentage of the site's output. If, for a given commenter (like me), rationalism is a side interest rather than a major one, then the failure to email comments on posts that I'm interested in -- or even responses to my own comments -- becomes a prohibitive barrier unless I've got an unexpected amount of free time.

Comment author: twentythree 08 June 2010 08:59:14PM 9 points [-]

Hi. The Harry Potter fanfic hooked me. Excited to see where this takes me.

Comment author: michael61 26 April 2010 02:48:21AM 9 points [-]

63 year old carpenter from Vancouver, been lurking here since the beginning and overcoming biases before that. heuristics and bias was what brought me here, and akrasia is what kept me coming back

Comment author: phane 20 April 2010 05:17:07AM 9 points [-]

Hi there.

I used to comment once in a while, but I find myself less and less interested in the topics of conversation around here. For a short while, people were going on a lot about dating (wtf?) and then more recently there's been a fair amount of what is essentially self-help for the scientifically inclined. I dunno, I guess I was just more into thought experiments and Yudkowsky posts.

Comment author: Jack 20 April 2010 12:13:21PM 7 points [-]

people were going on a lot about dating (wtf?)

What? You didn't hear? The third fundamental question of rationality is "Who are you sleeping with, and why are you sleeping with them?"

Comment author: mistercow 19 April 2010 10:24:43PM *  9 points [-]

LW is pretty much the only site I visit where I feel significantly intimidated about commenting. I've left a couple of comments, but I seem to be more self-conscious about exposing my ignorance here than I am elsewhere – probably because I know that the chances of such ignorance being noticed are higher. It occurs to me that this is completely backwards and ridiculous, but there you have it.

Comment author: Ari_Rahikkala 19 April 2010 05:09:19AM 9 points [-]

Hello. Didn't realise I had an account here, but I think one got autogenerated from a single comment I made at OB in early 2008.

To be honest I was somewhat surprised that LW turned out to be so much of a self-help support group, and I somewhat miss the time when I could go on OB and just have my mind blown so many ways every day. The work on decision theory that's being done here still has the sort of brain-everting quality that keeps me coming back for more, though, so I happily pick the promising posts from the sidebar regularly in addition to keeping up with the front page. I guess I'm addicted to the feeling of my brain being violently rewired :-(

Comment author: Byron 17 April 2010 10:02:29AM 9 points [-]


I’ve been reading LW for about a year. Most of the rationalizations that came to mind for why I haven’t yet made the transition from lurker to poster boil down to social indifference or low conscientiousness.

Reading this topic made me think about why I hadn’t posted, and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I hadn’t thought about why I hadn’t posted. Looking more deliberately at potential foregone losses in utility to myself (and maybe the community) from my non-involvement, it seems like I should force myself to at least see if I don‘t get downvoted.

Comment author: apophenia 16 April 2010 09:22:03PM 9 points [-]

I've just introduced myself.

Comment author: mstevens 23 April 2010 04:22:45PM *  8 points [-]


And a more substantive point I've been pondering - if rationality and the techniques discussed here are so good, why aren't more people doing it? Why don't I read about multi-billion dollar companies whose success was down to rationalist techniques?

Comment author: Barry_Cotter 23 April 2010 05:37:36PM *  5 points [-]
  1. Many of them are pretty new, or at least have only recently been cleanly reformulated.

  2. Many people's actual and professed goals are disjoint, and most of these people are deluded, not hypocrites.

  3. The individual techniques each only give relatively small advantages, on average, and given the vastly greater number of people who've never heard of these techniques they'll dominate success.

  4. Inertia is high and people generally don't change their behaviour except in response to personal experience. Until they see personally someone using these techniques and talking about them they will not be used.


Related to the companies question; some are, but they're either new or small. Changing a companies internal culture or working processes is wrenchingly hard to really do, and requires real enduring commitment. Robin Hanson gets some consulting work out of prediction markets, Google is possibly the most data driven company in the world for making decisions, but mostly the answer is;

This stuff is new and hard, people mostly don't want to rock the boat or look stupid, and the overwhelming majority of people work in companies that work pretty well as they are.

Comment author: jonas_lorenz 19 April 2010 07:31:58AM 8 points [-]


I came here following Eliezer when he left OB. I think the main reasons why I am not participating more are:

  • I am an undergraduate student just starting to learn about rationality. I often struggle to understand the main posts and I am quite far from being able to contribute useful knowledge, new insights or a qualified opinion to any of the discussion here.
  • But why not ask more questions? I usually consider asking questions an extremely important thing to do. The problem is, although I have pretty much read all of the current posts, I have not yet caught up with all the older material. So I think I do not have the right to ask questions and bother you with things that you might already have explained elsewhere in full detail. I feel like I should first do my part of the work before I can expect others to take the time and explain things to me.
  • I am from Germany and not an English native speaker. Writing something in an environment with such high linguistic standards is additionally intimidating (I regularly come across words in LW posts that I have never seen before and have to look them up - to me a sign that my language skills are not appropriate to write here. Coming to speak of it: please excuse my bad language!)
  • the karma-system clearly conveys the message that the community only wants the most qualified contributions - I simply do not feel fit to provide them.

By the way: I was a silent reader for quite a long time. Then I finally signed up a while ago to vote for a comment that I thought should get more attention. This did not work because as a newly registered user I did not have enough karma to vote and so I gave up. Apparently the community does not even consider me fit to vote, so I won't do it.

Thank you all who are contributing to this site, lurking here and knowing one is not alone is such a pleasure!

Comment author: gwillen 19 April 2010 01:59:35PM 5 points [-]

I agree with the commenter who said that your English is more than good enough to post here. I almost certainly wouldn't have realized you are a non-native speaker if you hadn't mentioned it in your comment.

Comment author: SeventhNadir 18 April 2010 04:26:15AM *  8 points [-]


I'm a lurking Australian psychology student. I'm trying to devour information and acquire the skills to help me to separate the wheat from the considerable amount of chaff in my field of study. I'm so fascinated by this blog (worked through most of the sequences in the space of about two months) because to be honest it has more content than my university course.

I have been toying with the idea of posting some of the arguments I've been in recently which would be kind of a case study where I could point to where they might have gone wrong in cognition, but I kind of feel that it might be a bit pedestrian to most readers of this blog.

Comment author: Leonhart 17 April 2010 11:06:50AM 8 points [-]

Hi there!

I've been reading OB and LW for years and hardly said anything. This is typical of my behaviour on online communities generally, although it's worse here due to the unusual calibre of the discussions. Even this comment involved several edits and a lot of dithering, but since you asked...

Comment author: Armok_GoB 17 April 2010 10:02:41AM 8 points [-]


Comment author: Arhenius 27 April 2010 10:28:02PM 7 points [-]


Comment author: suzanne 22 April 2010 04:57:09PM 7 points [-]


I've been lurking here and on OB for a couple of years. As other people have said, there seems to be a large amount of prerequisite knowledge required to post here. I usually find my own thoughts expressed more clearly by someone else in the comments, so I up-vote rather than just adding noise.

Comment author: thomascolthurst 20 April 2010 01:39:08AM 7 points [-]

Hi. I'm Thomas Colthurst. I will be doing a visiting fellowship at the Singularity Institute this summer.

Comment author: patrickscottshields 20 April 2010 01:14:05AM 7 points [-]

Hi! I'm Patrick Shields, an 18-year-old computer science student who loves AI, rationality and musical theater. I'm happy I finally signed up--thanks for the reminder!

Comment author: probilio 19 April 2010 07:33:11PM 7 points [-]

Hi, I'm a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. I read Eliezer's guide on Baye's Theorem during fellowship and have been interested in AI and all things concerning the Singularity.

I lurk because I feel that I'm too philosophically fuzzy for some of the discussions here. I do learn a great deal. Anytime anyone wants to discuss prenatal diagnosis and the ethical implications, let me know.

Comment author: Barry_Cotter 19 April 2010 04:48:43PM 7 points [-]

Hi. Came here via Overcoming Bias. I've been reading for a long time but I haven't made the effort to go through the sequences. (On that note, is the essence of the "Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions" sequence that if you don't have a better predictive model at the finish than at the start, the answer is meaningless?)

I'm almost certainly moving to Germany to do an Economics Masters shortly but I'm interested in learning to programme because it seems like a productive skill in a way that Economics mostly isn't (Econometrics and to a lesser extent Microeconomics excepted).

So. I think that it would be possible to combine my studies with programming and Machine Learning and Statitics in a not-totally-insane way. Any tips on that would be great, as would the opportunity to talk, chat or otherwise communicate with someone in Germany, native or expat.

Comment author: fburnaby 19 April 2010 03:35:46PM *  7 points [-]


I'm a 24 yo male grad student (in Halifax, Nova Scotia) studying ecological math modelling.

This site is a gold-mine for clear thinking on the relationship between maps (models) and territories (systems). I'm interested in understanding and dealing with the trade-off between fidelity of the map to the territory and its 'legibility'. I've been lurking for about a year after coming across an article by Eliezer via Hacker News and got hooked.

Comment author: sanxiyn 19 April 2010 02:07:26PM 7 points [-]

Hi, from Korea.

Comment author: tabsa 19 April 2010 01:11:56PM 7 points [-]


Following what Elezier does since SL4.

Comment author: TheGiver 19 April 2010 01:00:02PM *  7 points [-]
  • Male
  • 34
  • Technical Consultant (Learning Systems)
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Lurked 6 months
  • Via Overcoming Bias (but not really 'cause I ran across OB the same day)


Comment author: dougsharp 19 April 2010 02:41:14AM 7 points [-]

Delurking from the woods of deepest Wisconsin. Doug Sharp here, old school game developer (ChipWits, King of Chicago http://channelzilch.com ), just finishing a novel about kickstarting the Singularity by stealing space shuttle Enterprise ( Hel's Bet http://helsbet.com ). Debugging the Human OS has been a longtime interest of mine, so I keep an eye on Less Wrong. As an ex-5th grade teacher, I'm interested in the possibility of translating ideas emerging from LW into teaching people how to think clearly.

Comment author: Matt_Stein 19 April 2010 01:37:49AM 7 points [-]

Hi. Like others have said, I tend to not post because I feel I can't add anything constructive to the discussion.

I don't think there's anything wrong with that though. A good part of learning can be knowing when to be silent and listen to what others have to say.

Comment author: AlexMennen 19 April 2010 01:03:10AM 7 points [-]


Why would Less Wrong have an abnormally high percentage of lurkers? Also, being a lurker is not in black and white. For example. I mostly just lurk, but I post comments occasionally.

Comment author: Faber 17 April 2010 07:22:58PM 7 points [-]


Comment author: Sly 17 April 2010 09:34:24AM 7 points [-]


I often feel like I have very little to add. Hence the lurking. Also I only recently finished with most of the sequences.

Comment author: InsaneRationalist 24 November 2011 03:18:52AM 6 points [-]


Comment author: lurker4 03 May 2010 01:00:43AM *  6 points [-]

19 yr old, male, Maths&Physics student from UK. Lurked on OB, then started lurking here when this place was made. EDIT: In case you want data on abnormalities among lesswrong lurkers here's two: Raised in Colombia as the son of missionaries. Self-taught.

Comment author: aranazo 23 April 2010 01:33:09PM *  6 points [-]

Hi. I am very pleased to find out that I can correct my spelling and grammar after posting.

Comment author: BruceyB 22 April 2010 12:29:09PM 6 points [-]

Hi. I'm a Caltech student in math/econ.

Comment author: tasuki 21 April 2010 11:19:40AM 6 points [-]

Hi, I'm a lurker. You even managed to trick me into creating an account.

I believe that at least 50% of regular lurkers will not say "hi" in this thread.

Comment author: pra 21 April 2010 07:00:37AM 6 points [-]

Hi. Been following since Overcoming Bias. Love you guys. If google has replaced our wet RAM these days, I feel like this community could replace my "aha" generator.

PS: I was amused by the presence of a captcha on a site where so much optimistic AI discussion has taken place.

Comment author: Atoc 21 April 2010 04:55:59AM 6 points [-]

Hi, have been lurking for about 3 years already, first in OB, now in LS. As non-native speaker with moderate IQ I find commenting difficult. However I enjoy most of posts, and LS introduced me to various new topics, therefore I am really thankful for all brilliant post writers. Thank you!

Comment author: Obbieuth 21 April 2010 01:46:53AM 6 points [-]

It’s so much easier to be a non-contributing zero. But I find myself unable to back down from an open request to drag myself out of the shadows of lurk and into the light of the rationality justice league. Part of the appeal of lurker status for me comes from my outlook on this site in general. I haven’t exactly figured out what I’m doing or what I believe in; but I do know I’ve still got a lot to figure out. Lurking lets me passively ponder interesting ideas proposed here without really committing to anything in particular. But having been prompted to post something I find myself uncertain as to what my level of involvement should be in this idea mill of rationality and humanity.

Comment author: BenPS 20 April 2010 02:17:01AM 6 points [-]

When I was in school, I viewed myself as a defender of rationality against the fuzzy and ant-scientific positions that I sometimes encountered in the philosophy department. My meta-positions were eerily similar to those that are preached here.

Less Wrong fascinates me because, when I can stand to read it, I see that it is full of people who have similar background commitments and standards of evidence as me, but who have reached shockingly different conclusions.

Comment author: Alicorn 20 April 2010 02:22:20AM 7 points [-]

shockingly different conclusions.

Do tell?

Comment author: Matt_Stevenson 20 April 2010 01:46:50AM *  6 points [-]

Hi, I'm Matt Stevenson. 24 yr old computer scientist. I work on AI, machine learning, and motor control at a small robotics company.

I was hooked when I read Eliezer on OvercomingBias posting about AGI/Friendly AI/Singularity/etc...

I'd like to comment (or post) more, but I would need to revisit a few of the older posts on decision theory to feel like I'm making an actual contribution (as opposed to guessing the karma password). A few more hours in the day would be helpful.

Comment author: noematic 19 April 2010 08:46:07PM 6 points [-]

Hi. I'm a lawyer, 25 from Canberra, Australia. My interest in reason/ logic/ truth-seeking is perhaps best explained by a quote: 'We live in Luna Park, not Plato's republic.'

Comment author: imonroe 19 April 2010 04:09:25PM 6 points [-]

Hello. Been lurking on OB and LW for ages. I actually end up forwarding quite a few posts along to a friend of mine that thinks everyone here are robots or soulless automatons because of the lack of respect for intuition. I keep telling her to come here and post her opinions herself, but alas, no bites.

This is me signalling that I'm smart: B.S. computer science, M.S. journalism, currently employed in the fine art auction world.

Comment author: alasarod 19 April 2010 08:38:09PM 8 points [-]

thinks everyone here are robots or soulless automatons because of the lack of respect for intuition.

A coworker was telling me that the law of conservation of energy means that the energy in our soul cannot disappear, only move.

I explained that the law includes that energy can transform, and that when we die, the "energy in our soul" serves to warm the panels of our coffin.

We haven't talked about it since.

Comment author: Matt_McAlister 19 April 2010 03:09:22PM 6 points [-]

Hi. Recently finished a B.A. in Philosophy, working in residential sustainability (i.e. 'Green Building') for the moment. I'll begin contributing once I've read through the Sequences.

Comment author: Loquutus 19 April 2010 02:52:45PM 6 points [-]

Hi. I'm an over-aged college student from Philadelphia interested in studying almost exactly what this blog and Overcoming Bias are about.

Comment author: andrewjhacker 19 April 2010 02:29:01PM 6 points [-]

Hi. Been following Eliezer since SS09.

Comment author: DanDzombak 19 April 2010 02:19:17PM 6 points [-]


Comment author: drunkpotato 19 April 2010 02:09:17PM 6 points [-]

Hi. I came for the quantum mechanics thread, and stayed for the love of Bayes.

Comment author: AlexSadzawka 19 April 2010 01:17:12PM 6 points [-]

Hi, a financial analyst here.

Comment author: cerebus 19 April 2010 12:50:36PM 6 points [-]

Hi. I've been following Eliezer's stuff since CaTAI. Been a lurker on extropy-chat, SL4, OB and LW. I remember once participating in an #sl4 chat, and being unable to post due to my accelerating heartrate.

Lurking can be debilitating. Well, symptom rather than the disease I guess.

Comment author: AndirReinmar 19 April 2010 12:04:37PM 6 points [-]


Comment author: ResistTheUrge 19 April 2010 10:44:55AM 6 points [-]

Lurker for about a year. Made my only previous comment to this one a few months ago.

I almost never feel I have anything to contribute here. Even when I do, someone else has already expressed my thoughts in a comment more clear and thorough than anything I would have written. But this is a good thing!

Comment author: igorbivor 19 April 2010 10:44:35AM 6 points [-]


Comment author: SovietPyg 19 April 2010 08:24:47AM *  6 points [-]


Delurking from Russia here. I’ve been reading LessWrong (and, consequently, OB, since it is often linked to on here) for about 3 months. I have to confess to falling in love with this website for the mind-stretching articles and comments in the threads. However, like many other lurkers have already said, I feel I cannot contribute anything due to lack of linguistic proficiency on my part and due to the fact that someone would already post something I would want to say. I decided to de-lurk and say ‘hi’ because you created the impression of talking to each lurker (including myself) personally. I couldn’t but overcome my usual reluctance to engage in commenting.

Thank you for such an excellent source of thoughts, by the way!

Comment author: reaver121 19 April 2010 06:49:23AM *  6 points [-]

Well, I don't count as a lurker anymore but I only started posting about two weeks ago and lurked about 2 years before that so I think I qualify to comment about it. The only 2 forums where I post(ed) at all are LessWrong and INTPCentral.

INTPCentral was more of an experiment to see if I could sustain posting for an extended period of time. It didn't work and after 2 weeks I lost interest. LessWrong has less chance going the same way because of the high level of most top posts. That's my first barrier to post. The online community has to be interesting enough to make me come back.

The second is a certain reluctance to comment at all. I think that has to do with my aversion to attention (although this doesn't fly when I'm with friends. Then I have no problem with it). The only reason to call attention to myself is when I can significantly add to the conversation or to correct someone. That also makes it difficult for me to comment on a top level post that already has been thoroughly analyzed in the comments. Adding a comment that doesn't add anything does look too much like yelling 'me too, me too'.

Comment author: HoverHell 19 April 2010 06:32:32AM 6 points [-]


Better 90% lurkers than 90% useless comments :)

P.S. No OpenID login feature in here? Or It's there but I don't see it?

Comment author: PlatypusNinja 19 April 2010 05:55:38AM *  6 points [-]

Hi! I'd like to suggest two other methods of counting readers: (1) count the number of usernames which have accessed the site in the past seven days (2) put a web counter (Google Analytics?) on the main page for a week (embed it in your post?) It might be interesting to compare the numbers.

Comment author: bandwagonsmasher 19 April 2010 03:48:01AM 6 points [-]

Hi, lurker here (male, Chicago, attorney, 30). I am a regular Overcoming Bias reader who followed Eliezer to this site. To quote Buster Bluth: "You guys are so smart!" (slides off chair).

Comment author: thejash 19 April 2010 03:47:36AM 6 points [-]

Hi. I lurk because I haven't had time to read enough of the sequences, and because I usually read posts well after they are published. By the time I get around to reading an post, all of my arguments and counter-arguments are already presented for me in the existing comments. That's a big part of why I liked the site in the first place.

Comment author: Micah 19 April 2010 03:30:12AM 6 points [-]

Hi. I've been reading lesswrong since the start. I had overcomingbias.com on my RSS feeds before that became Robin Hanson's personal blog, and followed the threads onto this site.

I don't generally feel the need to comment on the posts here. My mind does come up with questions and opinions from what I read, but I've found that if I wait long enough, someone else will usually chime in with something close enough to my own thoughts that I feel my point has been made, even if not by me.

I have thought of a few things that might have made an interesting top-level post here (and with these, I haven't always found someone else pipe up with the same idea), but I never got around to writing them, and with no comment-earned karma score, I don't think I could initiate a top-level post anyway. I guess I could write them as comments in the open threads, were I more motivated to do so, but as I have other priorities, I'd prefer to just read.

I don't find any of the above particularly problematic--I quite enjoy reading this site, even without writing anything myself. But, since my "hello" cannot be redundant here, no matter how similar it might be similar to other ones: hello everyone! Here I am!

And now back to lurking.

Comment author: mlinksva 19 April 2010 02:30:18AM 6 points [-]


Comment author: TabAtkins 19 April 2010 02:17:18AM 6 points [-]

Hi, long-time lurker. Fell in love with the blog after two posts, and spent some productive hours reading the Quantum Physics sequence. I think I introduced the blog to the XKCD readership, or at least the ones who read the Science forums there.

Comment author: StevenJ 19 April 2010 02:10:23AM 6 points [-]



Back to lurking...

Comment author: jimm 19 April 2010 02:02:45AM 6 points [-]

Hi. I read the RSS feed.

Comment author: sbierwagen 19 April 2010 02:00:11AM 6 points [-]


Comment author: mustntgrumble 19 April 2010 01:57:00AM 6 points [-]

Hi. I'd never not lurked anywhere until I not-lurked here now.

Comment author: Meng_Bomin 19 April 2010 01:33:42AM 6 points [-]


Comment author: DataPacRat 19 April 2010 01:28:25AM 6 points [-]
Comment author: 0sn 19 April 2010 01:25:46AM 6 points [-]

Hi. I keep forgetting to log in, and mostly just watch the front-page feed in Google Reader, but I do pass interesting articles and posts along to friends and family. They generally seem to like it, so that's good. I'm interested in what you might call community outreach via my comics where I try to subtly involve issues of rationality and such. Feel free to drop by and suggest themes I should use.

Comment author: jamesnvc 19 April 2010 01:17:10AM 6 points [-]

Hello; I enjoy reading this site, but feel kind of inadequate to actually post something when so many of the main postings here are so erudite.

Comment author: treed 19 April 2010 01:08:23AM 6 points [-]


(I apparently had an account already, although I didn't remember this until I tried to comment and my usual name was taken in the registration screen.)

Comment author: Creaticity 18 April 2010 10:56:05PM 6 points [-]


Comment author: [deleted] 18 April 2010 09:46:48PM 6 points [-]

Hello there.

I like the idea you're getting at, but there is a slight problem with it: you can never truly gauge the number of lurkers because some of them won't respond to this post. But I suppose you can get a better approximation, so I won't go as far to say that the whole thing is futile.

Comment author: chris_elliott 18 April 2010 06:50:25PM 6 points [-]


Comment author: Dannil 18 April 2010 04:34:50PM 6 points [-]

Hi! This made me register: first barrier overcome. I don’t think I will ever contribute that much, but maybe I will add a comment now and then when I have something intelligent to say. What I have read here and on OB has contributed quite a bit to my thinking.

Comment author: Entropy 18 April 2010 01:13:07PM 6 points [-]

Hi! I discovered this site via OB a few months ago and have been lurking ever since. I've commented only twice before but have been reluctant to comment more as I haven't yet read anywhere near as much of LW as I would like. I'm very interested in many of the very common topics of discussion here, such as rationality, AI, etc, and hope to be able to make a contribution to our understanding of one or more such topics in the future.

Thanks for the excuse to comment, and to the LW community at large for creating such a fascinating site.

Comment author: Mardonius 18 April 2010 06:58:13AM 6 points [-]

Hi, been reading this site since it split from OB, but have never commented, though on occasion I have been tempted.

Comment author: exousia 18 April 2010 03:07:00AM 6 points [-]

Hello ~

I've been reading this site for several months, but I still feel unqualified to actually post anything. I've yet to entirely read all of the sequences, and I also lack the math/science background that appears to be relatively common here (I'm an industrial design student). As a result I'm (perhaps excessively) wary of posting something that's redundant or has a glaring flaw I ought to have been aware of.

Thanks for giving an excuse to make a first post, though.

Comment author: jasonmcdowell 17 April 2010 10:06:00PM 6 points [-]


Comment author: arbimote 17 April 2010 06:00:03PM *  6 points [-]


I registered and started posting a while back, but since then have reverted to lurking. Partly due to not having time, but I can also identify with reasons some others have given.

Comment author: MartinB 17 April 2010 02:19:42AM 6 points [-]


i am technically not lurking as i prepare my anti-akrasia article.


Comment author: alpaca 17 April 2010 01:35:28AM 6 points [-]

Hi. This motivated me to register instead of just RSS-lurking. So that removes one barrier to potential future participation.

Comment author: jake987722 17 April 2010 12:47:29AM 6 points [-]


I'm a grad student studying social psychology, more or less in the heuristics & biases tradition. I've been loosely following the blog for maybe six months or so. The discussions are always thought provoking and frequently amusing. I hope to participate more in the near future.

Comment author: noitanigami 16 April 2010 10:34:28PM 6 points [-]


I've only been aware of this site for about a month. While i find the articles and discussions enlightening, probability theory is still very new to me. Once i have a more intuitive grasp of its implications I plan to participate more heavily

Comment author: jpulgarin 23 October 2011 12:52:24AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: Multiheaded 11 July 2011 03:49:32PM 5 points [-]

Karma pls! Oh, I mean, hi.

Comment author: Cayenne 27 December 2010 10:48:12PM *  5 points [-]

Ah, hi there...

Edit - please disregard this post

Comment author: jschulter 24 October 2010 08:52:55PM 5 points [-]

Hello! I'm currently doing a depth-first read through the sequences, and I've been enjoying all of it so far. I'm another one drawn in by HP:MOR, but I found even more here than I could have hoped for.

Comment author: WrongBot 21 June 2010 08:15:53PM 5 points [-]

Hi. Got sucked in to the site via MoR (of course), and have been devouring the sequences and related archive material for about a month or so.

Comment author: JoelCazares 17 May 2010 07:54:14AM 5 points [-]

Hello. I read on a 30 day lag, so that's why I'm just now posting.

Comment author: sroecker 09 May 2010 10:17:22PM 5 points [-]

Hi, I am a 24 year old physics student from Germany.

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Comment author: mitchellb 30 April 2010 03:22:53PM 5 points [-]

Hi, i'm a biology student from Germany. I stumbled upon this page and I really, really like it. I'm spending hours reading!

Comment author: profsparkles 29 April 2010 08:40:09PM 5 points [-]

Hi. RSS lurker for a few months, 25 yo PhD student living in the Netherlands. MSc in cognitive neuroscience.

Comment author: Mystfan 27 April 2010 01:20:43AM 5 points [-]

Hi all, I'm a physics student who's been lurking here since January or so...I'm generally pretty quiet.

Comment author: cromulent 26 April 2010 10:42:15AM 5 points [-]

RSS lurker from Helsinki.

Comment author: feanor1600 25 April 2010 05:11:52AM 5 points [-]

Hi. EconPhD student in Philadelphia. Found OB through Marginal Revolution a couple years ago.

Comment author: SomeCallMeTim 25 April 2010 04:46:09AM 5 points [-]

Hi! Been lurking for a while, at least occasionally.

Had to create a new account to post, and had some trouble--it seemed that it was cached badly, maybe because scripting was disabled when I first hit "register"? Clearing the cache fixed it, though.

Comment author: BjornLe 24 April 2010 03:57:11PM 5 points [-]

Hello, 22 year old engineering student from Sweden, finally took time to create an account after observing OB and LW for more than a year.

Comment author: Lonnen 23 April 2010 11:13:52PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: webspiderus 23 April 2010 10:47:11PM 5 points [-]

hi! i'm 20, originally from Moscow and currently an undergraduate senior majoring in computer science and mathematics at a pretty decent university in california. starting my masters in CS at a much better school in california next year. i've only recently discovered this site, but i hope to spend much more time on it in the near future

Comment author: baiter 23 April 2010 11:44:10AM 5 points [-]

Hi all. 25 yo New Yorker here. Been following this site for a while now, since Eliezer was still writing at OB.

Currently I'm working on two tech startups (it's fun to not get paid). My academic background is in cognitive psychology. In addition to AI, rationality, cognitive bias, sci fi, and the other usual suspects, my interests include architecture, poker, and 17th century Dutch history. ;)

Comment author: tim 22 April 2010 05:56:40PM *  5 points [-]

Hi, I made a couple posts a while back but recently have been simply lurking.

I would like to comment more and I think it would benefit me to toss my ideas out there and get some feedback. I think part of the problem is that while I have a decent understanding of many concepts promoted here (probably level 1, beginning to pass into level 2 on the Understanding your understanding scale) fully articulating my thoughts in a coherent and original manner is difficult. Most notably when discussing things with friends I find myself falling back on examples I've read here and have trouble coming up with my own analogies which seems symptomatic of a lack of understanding.

personal tidbits since this seems like the place:

I am a psychology undergraduate at the University of Texas and am hoping to go to graduate school for cognitive psychology. I am very interested in modeling human cognition and the way we think. Most notably I have a strong interesting in decision theory and game theory and hope to do research in that area. Also 'priming' is exceptionally cool. I have also been working on getting some basic computer programming down and have some skill in both Python and Java.

Recreationally I enjoy biking, running and being outside in general. I play online poker semi-regularly and find it useful not only as something fun and profitable but as a fairly valuable introspective tool. The way I am playing and responding is a fairly accurate reflection of how I am dealing with life in general at the time. I have also started reading more and have recently finished Outliers and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Rational Decision Making in an Uncertain World by Robyn Dawes, and am currently working on I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.

Comment author: anttil 22 April 2010 03:47:00PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: wirehead 22 April 2010 03:32:42PM 5 points [-]

Hi. Been reading the RSS feed for 3-4 months now. Slowly beginning to make sense of it all... understanding the specialized vocab and so forth. It's always been my goal to be as self-aware as possible, so I'm glad of all the interesting ideas here.

Comment author: domor 22 April 2010 02:38:59PM *  5 points [-]

Hi. I've been lurking for quite a long time, first on OB then here.

Computer engineering student, interested in AGI and rationality. And foreign languages and stuff.

(Edit: I am especially interested in the mathematical formalization of AI - my hypothesis is that strong AI is a disorganized field in need of a more formal language to make better progress. Still a vague idea, which is why I'm just a lurker in the AI field, but I am quite interested in discussion on related topics.)

Comment author: [deleted] 22 April 2010 05:19:33AM 5 points [-]

Hello there, I've been reading the site for around six months now. I am an education student; LW has certainly changed my perception of human behavior and learning, and has given me much to reflect upon.

Comment author: flawed_skull 22 April 2010 03:09:13AM 5 points [-]

Hello LessWrongers( Wrongites?)

Longtime lurker, from the beginning. Software dev for a bank. 23 yrs old. Great site

Comment author: Peridon 22 April 2010 02:54:15AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I've been lurking for a month or so now.

Comment author: gfyork 21 April 2010 08:08:33PM 5 points [-]


(Just standing up to be counted.)


Comment author: mariz 21 April 2010 04:59:09PM 5 points [-]

I'll say Hi and I'll post this link which describes a study that showed that people are more likely to believe in pseudoscience if they are told that scientists disapprove of it:


They are also much more likely to believe in pseudoscience if it has popular support.

Comment author: Piglet 21 April 2010 04:56:38PM 5 points [-]

Hi. Long-time lurker since Eliezer was posting at OB (which candidly I find far less interesting these days). I'm 37, and am a practicing lawyer with several small children; this keeps me sufficiently busy that I don't often have time to think hard enough to post here, although the discussions are usually quite interesting. Also, I'm pretty non-quantitative due to misspent undergraduate years. I view this site as place where generally I should be listening, not talking.

Comment author: Paul 21 April 2010 04:09:17PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: alecrene 21 April 2010 08:55:56AM *  5 points [-]

I've been lurking since early OB. I am not here due to being Singularitarian but I've been using this site since I was in high school and through college to help keep myself from being a charlatan in any intellectual endeavor. I find that it takes regular reminders and dedication to not extend past the limits of my knowledge, and both OB and LW continually help to fine-tune my internal sense of "what I don't know."

To give a bit of a frame of reference, I'm studying social sciences and my specific problem domain is Educational Psychology and I'm interested in finding out how to render a subject into a receptive state for new information when they are dismissive. I'm still fairly early into my college track, so I haven't narrowed in any more than that, but I have my sights set on grad school.

Comment author: anz 21 April 2010 08:49:21AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: sixes_and_sevens 21 April 2010 08:21:20AM 5 points [-]


Mostly-lurker here, save for the occasional mildly pithy comment. I'm a DBA/sysadmin by day, studying towards an Econ + Maths degree in my spare time. LW has a lot of parallels with my fields of interest, elucidates on a lot of areas where I have half-formed ideas and provides exceedingly worthy arguments for things I don't agree with.

Comment author: fidofetch 21 April 2010 04:04:01AM 5 points [-]

Hi, I've been reading this blog for a while now, and I was thoroughly surprised to find so many like minded thinking people. I haven't commented any, because quite frankly I've had nothing to say. Hello all though.

Comment author: nickgreen 21 April 2010 03:40:51AM 5 points [-]

Hi, I discovered this blog very recently - I have an economics background (milton friedman a big influence) and a growing interest in philosophy. This site popped up while I was searching for the 'underdog bias' (that think must be some level of human 'moral instinct') and this led me to the 'Why support the underdog?' article and then others. I'm really impressed by the high standard. Nick

Comment author: confuscated 21 April 2010 02:42:25AM 5 points [-]

Bonjour ...

Comment author: LukeStebbing 21 April 2010 12:56:43AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I've been an LW (and previously, OB) lurker for several years, but I haven't had time to provide my online presence with the care and feeding it needs. Three years of startup crunch schedules left me with a life maintenance debt, and I have a side project in dire need of progress, but once those items are out of the way I plan to delurk.

Comment author: Madbadger 21 April 2010 12:55:40AM 5 points [-]

Hi! 8-)

Comment author: Elyandarin 21 April 2010 12:54:17AM *  5 points [-]

Found this site searching for fiction via Tv-tropes.
While I'm a new reader, I'll likely lurk a lot.
The internet is a constant deluge of input - my instinctive counter is
to provide output only when I have something interesting to say, hoping others will reciprocate...
(And even then, I only feel comfortable when what I say is concise, relevant and new.)
After all, thousands of people might read my message; wasting their time would be unspeakably rude.

Comment author: [deleted] 21 April 2010 12:27:49AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I lurk here and read every post but rarely never really felt like commenting. Neat blog though.

Comment author: washi 21 April 2010 12:27:21AM 5 points [-]

Made an account just to say "hi"

So ... Hi!

Comment author: Obbieuth 21 April 2010 12:00:56AM 5 points [-]

What if I'm not witty or rational enough to post a thought provoking idea?

Comment author: Jens 20 April 2010 08:05:30PM 5 points [-]


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Comment author: curiousepic 20 April 2010 07:23:11PM *  5 points [-]

Hi! Lay-lurker here, I was just recently considering posting some questions in the next open thread and made an account then. We'll see how that goes, but it's nice to see this welcoming attitude!

However, a concern I have about more people being more active, and a reason I haven't signed up before, is that if more laypeople like myself begin to vote up things regularly, they will necessarily be posts that we both like and understand. If we don't understand something, it doesn't get upvoted with equal footing as posts we don't necessarily understand but may be of equal or greater value. Is there a comprehensive thread/discussion about the pros/cons of a greater user base here?

Comment author: Vaegrim 20 April 2010 06:23:18PM 5 points [-]

Hi, Started reading at Overcoming Bias before the split. Mostly following Eliezer's fiction, but also enjoying the deconstruction of human blind spots.

Comment author: Erin 20 April 2010 04:57:31PM 5 points [-]

Hi. (sinks back into the shadows)

Comment author: alanpost 20 April 2010 03:23:07PM 5 points [-]

Hello. I don't make the time for active participation in this community, but I enjoy my read-only interaction with it.

I have a sense that the time commitment required for effectively participating in this community is relatively high, and I haven't discovered yet whether this time investment pays back.

Comment author: benji 20 April 2010 12:41:14PM 5 points [-]

Hi. Long time listener, first time caller.

Comment author: FrankLarsson 20 April 2010 12:36:16PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: purpleposeidon 20 April 2010 06:35:09AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I see that the first point is free.

I am a Bay Area (California, United States) 19 year-old Computer Science student. I imagine I'll actually be taking actual CS classes next year. I've been lurking about for about a month.

Comment author: Ledfox 20 April 2010 04:54:45AM 5 points [-]

Hello. :I

Comment author: AlexL 20 April 2010 04:47:26AM 5 points [-]

Hi! Hooked since OB sequences - and need to go back for several of them.

Comment author: Nick_Roy 20 April 2010 02:21:20AM 5 points [-]

Hi! I don't feel qualified to contribute here, but I hope to fix that by... contributing here. I'll have more time to do so this summer.

Comment author: JoshB 20 April 2010 02:15:56AM 5 points [-]

Hi, so Ive made the switch from Lurker to Lurker-With-Log-In (LWLI)

Im a young geologist and artist...

.....very interested in Neuroaesthetics at the moment, maybe I'll post some thoughts on it when im well read enough.

Keep challenging me :)

Comment author: TheThinker 20 April 2010 01:51:20AM 5 points [-]

Hi. Jeffrey Ellis, 44 yr-old multi-disciplined engineer working at Johnson Space Center. I blog all about critical thinking at The Thinker, http://jeffreyellis.org/blog/. Came here from Overcoming Bias when this place started up.

Comment author: alexs 20 April 2010 01:32:28AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: Ryan 20 April 2010 12:30:17AM *  5 points [-]


I comment pretty rarely but read very often.

EDIT: read mistercow's comment and I feel pretty much the same way.

Comment author: alotofaction 20 April 2010 12:16:10AM 5 points [-]

Hi, first post, what is a point of karma?

Comment author: Volt 20 April 2010 12:05:34AM 5 points [-]

Hi there. I suppose I might as well register and post.

I'm an information science grad student. I've been following the community for a few years (since Eliezer wrote on Overcoming Bias), but haven't been commenting because most of this stuff still seems a bit over my head (and I have lots of catching up to do).

Ha. Was this comment as useless as I think it is?

Comment author: thatrenfrewguy 20 April 2010 12:04:14AM 5 points [-]

Not sure if I am a lurker, but HI

Comment author: Brugle 19 April 2010 11:15:48PM 5 points [-]

Hi, I'm 59 years old (which I'd guess is way over average in this community), an atheist (my parents were atheists but took us to a local church for a while, perhaps just to expose us to what's out there), avid reader, parent, husband, and programmer for over 30 years. I heard about OB when it started, from several other blogs. I read OB and LW fairly often, but not exhaustively--there's never enough time. I am skeptical of some conventional wisdom but also of alternatives. I didn't like collapsing wave functions when I took QM and also didn't like many worlds when introduced by a physics-major friend. (I doubt if I'll dig into QM again--my brain has lost some of its edge.)

Comment author: Eneasz 19 April 2010 10:37:51PM 5 points [-]

Hi. Accountant, 29. Currently in the process of signing up with CI, should be complete by the end of the month. Wish Eliezer would write more fiction. :) But I love everything on here. Been lurking for about a year?

Comment author: Divide 19 April 2010 10:22:28PM 5 points [-]


(Lurking since Eliezer had still been writing his sequences on OB.)

Comment author: SteveReilly 19 April 2010 09:41:01PM 5 points [-]


I enjoy the posts, but I usually don't have anything interesting to say on the topic. Still, I can never turn down a free karma point, so here I am.

Comment author: danlowlite 19 April 2010 09:36:30PM 5 points [-]

Just registered to say hi. So, "Hi."

I'm a technical writer/ultra-part-time grad student at Northern Illinois University in Rhetoric & Professional Writing (working on my thesis so slowly). I also write stories and other such things.

Followed the wave from Overcoming Bias.

Comment author: Taylor 19 April 2010 08:46:10PM 5 points [-]


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Comment author: Achilles 19 April 2010 08:22:31PM 5 points [-]

Hello, I'm studying Bioengineering at ASU, in Arizona. Right now I'm in Finland for the year. It's been an utter blast. Cool people and life-improving experiences. I'm not sure I want to go back to the US..

I would love to learn more and more about status. That's currently the most interesting thing for me. It applies directly to me, right now, as I'm in a new group of people with lots of group interactions in Helsinki, Finland. I can use that information right now.

Not so interested in the probability discussions.. Perhaps those are more interesting to others, but I have read a few of them and subsequently skipped the rest.

Thanks for your time!

Comment author: patmctap 19 April 2010 08:08:34PM 5 points [-]

Saying, "Hi."

Comment author: theoryofevrythng 19 April 2010 07:32:55PM 5 points [-]

"Staring into the Singularity" introduced me to the idea of the Singularity eight years ago (I was 16). I read SL4 for a few years after that. I've been sort of a casual follower of OB for a couple years, and just added LW to my RSS.


Comment author: Dufaer 19 April 2010 06:40:31PM 5 points [-]

Hi, there! Trying to get through the sequences. And past akrasia...

Comment author: BenLowell 19 April 2010 06:36:07PM 5 points [-]


I've been lurking for around 2 years or so. I'll introduce myself properly in the introduction thread.

Comment author: Zargon_ 19 April 2010 06:31:46PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: standardtoaster 19 April 2010 06:10:17PM *  5 points [-]

Hi, haven't read much on the site yet, but it has certainly grabbed my attention.

Comment author: Noonius 19 April 2010 05:30:08PM 5 points [-]


Comment author: Shae 19 April 2010 04:58:32PM *  5 points [-]


Female / Web developer / 41 years old / rural Indiana native

I've commented a few times, but not many.

Comment author: rntz 19 April 2010 04:15:04PM 5 points [-]

Hi. CS undergrad at CMU here. More interested in decision theory specifically than rationality in general. Might post more if I had more time.

Comment author: Meni_Rosenfeld 19 April 2010 04:07:11PM 5 points [-]


I intend to become more active in the future, at which point I will introduce myself.

Comment author: Daneel 19 April 2010 04:00:20PM 5 points [-]

I registered just to say hi :) Just some info for your statistics. 21 years old, male, Industrial Design student from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I made it here via Rationally Speaking.


Comment author: sclamons 19 April 2010 03:49:49PM 5 points [-]

Hello, I'm an undergrad student who's been reading LW for about six months now. So far I've stuck to lurking for a couple of reasons. For one thing, most of the comments I have are already made by other people. Also, there's enough information on LW that it seems more fruitful to move on to a new article than to post a question.

There's a LOT of background reading available here on LW, which is intimidating to a new reader. I can say for myself that it's difficult to bring myself to post when I know there are dozens of background articles I still need to read. That's probably a good thing, though -- from what I've read about SL4 (and what I read in my brief forays there), LW has avoided a lot of the redundancy and conversational looping that its predecessor had.

Comment author: Kisil 19 April 2010 03:47:44PM 5 points [-]


I've posted comments twice, I think, but my read/write ratio is high enough that I think I still count here.

Comment author: nathan_h 19 April 2010 03:29:42PM 5 points [-]

Hi, I'm probably even of lower status than a lurker, since I don't read this blog regularly. I do like it a lot, however, and it's been on my RSS-feed list ever since Eliezer moved here from OB. (I was subscribed to and irregularly followed the posts there, too.)

I pop by whenever something catches my attention in particular. Aspiring composer from Washington (state, not D.C.) here.

Comment author: bbleeker 19 April 2010 03:19:33PM 5 points [-]

Hi! I'm a lurker, even though I apparently already had an account here. Can't even remember when I made that...

Comment author: gwillen 19 April 2010 02:19:56PM 5 points [-]

I'm not sure I count as a lurker, but I'll stop in and say hi anyway.

About me: I have a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University; now I work for a tech company, writing software and babysitting servers.

Comment author: rlingle 19 April 2010 12:29:15PM 5 points [-]


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Comment author: drcode 19 April 2010 11:34:46AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: eugman 19 April 2010 11:12:24AM 5 points [-]

Hello, I lurked for a long time. I've started dipping my toes in the water.

Comment author: JMaddison 19 April 2010 10:01:13AM 5 points [-]


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Comment author: vshih 19 April 2010 06:33:38AM 5 points [-]

Reluctantly relinquishing my lurker status.

Comment author: Paamayim 19 April 2010 06:29:15AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: slowd 19 April 2010 05:47:59AM 5 points [-]

Long time lurker here. Seattle WA. I've been following what Eliezer has had to say since 2003. Started way back on extropy-chat mailing list and reading SL4 archives, read Overcoming Bias since around 2008, and now I read here. I only lurk because I find that getting involved in discussion is too interesting, it distracts me from my projects.

Comment author: hjkl 19 April 2010 05:22:59AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: prismism 19 April 2010 04:47:05AM 5 points [-]


I'm a highschool student who has been reading (and lurking) lesswrong for many months now. I have always found the blog posts to be very insightful and enlightening, and I greatly enjoy reading them. I'm a young aspiring transhumanistic biologist who just can't wait to get his hands dirty debugging and retooling the human body and mind! Please, keep up the wonderful posts, and I will be sure to contribute as soon as i find that i have something really good to say.

Comment author: Identity 19 April 2010 04:31:15AM 5 points [-]

I lurk on almost every forum that I read on the internet. The mere fact that I'm logged out of a forum that I'm registered on can be enough to cause me to say, "screw it" and not post for months. I frequently get, "Wow I remember you" as a response to my sparse postings.

My penchant to lurk coupled with my lack of confidence that I have anything worthwhile to contribute to this community made it seem doubly unlikely that I would ever post anything here. But I'll stand up and be counted now as part of this experiment, as it's the only contribution I can really make.

Cheers, and thanks for posting all this delicious lurker chow.

Comment author: Joseph 19 April 2010 04:19:52AM 5 points [-]

Hello. I've been lurking here and on OB for sometime now. I started reading OB at least at the beginning of 2008, possibly in the last few months of 2007.

Comment author: fiddlemath 19 April 2010 03:52:31AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I'm a lurker here, working on my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin. I've only been reading for the last few months, but I've gone through all the major sequences in the archives.

Comment author: Tim_Helmstedt 19 April 2010 03:38:54AM 5 points [-]

Yeah I'm a lurker...

Although now I have an account, I guess I have no excuse...

Comment author: frikle 19 April 2010 03:37:07AM 5 points [-]

Hi, I'm a reader from Eliezer's OB days, still lurking as I don't have much time or much to add at the moment. Hopefully this will change soon.

Comment author: baisong 19 April 2010 03:26:52AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I've been subscribed to the RSS for a few months now.

Comment author: Mediocrity 19 April 2010 03:24:44AM 5 points [-]


Comment author: sclark 19 April 2010 03:24:33AM 5 points [-]

I've been reading this blog for about half a year now and loving it after Accelerating Future (I think) referenced it for something. I don't post many comments because anything I'd have to contribute usually already is, but I find that if you surround (or read) more intelligent people, they have this peculiar way of making you the same. Keep going Less Wrong, a lot of us are learning all sorts of great things from you!

Comment author: eastvillagechick 19 April 2010 03:06:38AM 5 points [-]

hi. Why do I lurk? because I only visit occasionally, only for insight, and not because I feel any great need to belong. But please keep up the good work.
Naturally "less wrong" willl have an even higher percentage of lurkers than others. After all, you challenge the biases we use when we see ourselves, the world ... and less our conscious, identified selves know about that the better. But still, we return...

Comment author: Llyando 19 April 2010 02:50:13AM 5 points [-]

Hello. Long time lurker. Well I made an account a while ago and plan on contributing once I get the material. It seems like a wall I have to get over but I don't doubt I will with time.

Comment author: deepakjois 19 April 2010 02:48:29AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I may have posted a comment or two, cannot remember. But I have been lurking for a long time.

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Comment author: Threads 19 April 2010 02:25:05AM *  5 points [-]

Hi. I've been lurking on OB+LW for around two years. I took the step of making an account a few months ago. Eventually I'll post something meaningful.

Comment author: Virge 19 April 2010 01:51:33AM 5 points [-]

Hi. I was an occasional contributor on OB and have posted a few comments on LW. I've dropped back to lurking for about a year now. I find most of the posts stimulating -- some stimulating enough to make me want to comment -- but my recent habit of catching up in bursts means that the conversations are often several weeks old and a lot of what needs to be argued about them has already been said.

The last post that almost prompted me to comment was ata's mathematical universe / map=territory post. It forced me to think for some time about the reification of mathematical subjunctives and how similar that was to common confusions about 'couldness'. I decided I didn't have the time and energy to revive the discussion and to refine my ideas with sufficient rigor to make it worth everyone's attention.

Over the past week I've worked through my backlog of LW reading, so I've removed my "old conversation" excuse for not commenting. I'll still be mostly a lurker.