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153 Post author: AnnaSalamon 08 September 2010 07:02AM

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Comment author: AnnaSalamon 10 September 2010 09:09:37PM 20 points [-]

If that's true, we absolutely need to lower the bar for such posts. Three good sorts of posts that are not terribly difficult are: (1) a review of a good self-help book and what you personally took from it; (2) a few-sentence summary of an academic study on an income-boosting technique, a method for improving your driving safety, or other useful content, with a link to the same; or (3) a description of self-intervention you tried and tracked impacts from, quantified self style.

Comment author: xamdam 12 September 2010 05:35:02PM 4 points [-]

I have been thinking that LW really needs categorization system for top level post, this would create a way to post on 'lighter' topics without feeling like you're not matching people's expectations.

Comment author: matt 13 September 2010 09:52:25PM 0 points [-]

Tags

Comment author: xamdam 14 September 2010 12:27:12AM 3 points [-]

Tags do not affect how the site is read by most people, some predefined categories can be used to drive navigation.

Comment author: matt 14 September 2010 12:59:05AM *  3 points [-]

I've had this very failure to communicate with Tom McCabe (so the evidence is mounting that the problem is with me, rather than all of you) - [edit]Tags[/edit] are categories, only with more awesome and fewer constraints. If "predefined categories can be used to drive navigation", then surely [edit]Tags[/edit] can be used to drive navigation, without having to be predefined.

Is the problem just that the commonly used [edit]Tags[/edit] need to be positioned differently in the site layout?

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 14 September 2010 01:19:13AM *  2 points [-]

Comments are categories

Tags are categories.

I think xamdam meant that there should be a category of "lighter" posts that people could opt out of (ie, not see in their feed of new posts) so that they wouldn't have the right to complain that they didn't live up to their expectations. Promotion means that there are two tiers, but I'm not sure whether people read the front page or the new posts.

Incidentally, I think people are using the tags too much for subject matter and not enough for indicating this kind of weight or type of post. For example, I don't see a tag for self-experimentation. If the tags were visible in the article editing mode, that would encourage people to reuse the same tags, which is important for making them function (thought maybe retagging is the only way to go). If predefined tags were visible in the article editing mode, that would encourage posts on those topics; in particular, it could be used to indicate that some things are acceptable, as in Anna's list above.

Comment author: xamdam 14 September 2010 02:21:34AM 1 point [-]

I think xamdam meant that there should be a category of "lighter" posts that people could opt out of (ie, not see in their feed of new posts) so that they wouldn't have the right to complain that they didn't live up to their expectations. Promotion means that there are two tiers, but I'm not sure whether people read the front page or the new posts.

yes

Comment author: matt 14 September 2010 07:57:38PM 0 points [-]

Excellent (it was me).

Ideas in commets below:

Comment author: matt 14 September 2010 07:58:28PM 1 point [-]

Easy change #1 would be to list the most popular tags in the edit interface, just below the tags inputbox.

Comment author: matt 14 September 2010 08:13:17PM 0 points [-]

Idea #3 (less easy) is to support saveable searches that include or exclude tags (and rss feeds of those searches) so that users can view the site through that customized lens.

Comment author: matt 14 September 2010 08:02:16PM *  0 points [-]

Easy change #2 would be to add categories (or tags) to Tags, and to group the tag list by category, like:

Mood: flippant, serious, light, humbly_curious
Subject: standard_biases, etc.

Comment author: jtolds 30 July 2014 04:24:50PM 1 point [-]

When someone says they have anecdotes but want data, I hear an opportunity for crowdsourcing.

Perhaps a community blog is the wrong tool for this? What if we had a tool that supported tracking rationalist intervention efficacy? People could post specific interventions and others could report their personal results. Then the tool would allow for sorting interventions by reported aggregate efficacy. Maybe even just a simple voting system?

That seems like it could be a killer app for lowering the bar toward encouraging newcomers and data-poor interventions from getting posted and evaluated.