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Comment author: wallowinmaya 05 May 2011 08:05:08PM *  2 points [-]

There are various outputs we can measure: The growth of the LW community and its activities are surely important ones. We might also want to have a survey of LW members to see what the demographics are, the growth areas, the development areas etc.

IMO a survey of lesswrong-members would be extremely helpful! Presumably many of us ponder on the best way to reduce existential risks relating to their own abilities and interests.( Not everyone is smart enough to work on FAI.....sigh) If I only knew the experiences of some lesswrong-members in various occupational areas or academic fields and their pros and cons I may spot my optimal career path, which would further my efficiency, wealth, happiness and influence and hence maximize my contribution to save the world! I bet many of you feel the same way! Well, maybe off-topic, but I think better coordination among ourselves would be awesome.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 02:16:59AM 1 point [-]

Yes, I'm happy to work on this and make a google form.

The questions would be very basic demographic stuff like age, gender, occupation, highest level of education attained, fields of study, country of residence...

The next step would be getting a high participation.

Comment author: wallowinmaya 06 May 2011 10:14:03AM *  1 point [-]

This would be great! Apparently 2 years ago Yvain also conducted a survey.

Comment author: anonynamja 06 May 2011 05:59:43PM 2 points [-]

Hmm. It might be useful to repeat Yvain's survey to see if there's been any change, while adding the edu/work stuff in.