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24 Post author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 09:51PM

I'm enjoying lesswrong.com a lot so far, and it sounds like the last LW/OB meetup was a lot of fun. MBlume asks:

So far there've only been LW/OB meetups in the Bay area -- is there any way we could plot the geographic distribution of LW members and determine whether there are other spots where we could get a good meetup going?

I don't think that there are so many of us that we need an automated system for this; the threading system should be enough.I'll post a few top-level comments for various parts of the world, and encourage you all to follow up and tell us where you are. Ideally, find a comment that has where you live in it already and add "me too".

I'll try to keep this post updated with useful things. I can't wait to play Paranoid Debating!

Edit: Please don't post where you live in a new top-level comment! Try to find a comment referring to the rough geographic region you live in and post under that; it'll make this post easier to navigate.  I've divided the world into three (North America, Europe, everywhere else); posting under those comments will help.  Thanks!

Comments (292)

Comment author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 09:52:08PM 3 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in the US or Canada.

Comment author: MBlume 02 April 2009 09:57:18PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in California

Comment author: MBlume 02 April 2009 09:57:42PM 0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Southern California

Comment author: MBlume 02 April 2009 09:57:59PM 0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Santa Barbara County

Comment author: MBlume 02 April 2009 09:58:21PM *  1 point [-]

I attend University of California, Santa Barbara, and live on campus.

Comment author: jimmy 03 April 2009 04:26:33AM 1 point [-]

I'm in Isla Vista

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 05:43:21AM *  1 point [-]

Awesome, I'm Mike, I'm a physics grad at UCSB

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 07:39:20PM 1 point [-]

I'm having some trouble responding to your PM, so:

I'm working for prof Richman, though more "trying to get up to speed" than "working" right at the moment. I just had Nelson for my particle class the last two quarters -- it was a lot of fun.

So I was thinking if Hal was up for it the three of us could grab some dinner in the next week or so -- that work for you?

Also: LW SB group

Comment author: jimmy 03 April 2009 10:10:14PM 1 point [-]

Sounds good to me.

Comment author: HalFinney 03 April 2009 04:29:34PM 1 point [-]

I live between Goleta and Santa Barbara. I am 54.

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 07:24:41PM 1 point [-]

Awesome, if you and jimmy are up for it, maybe we could all get some dinner in the next week some time

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 07:40:11PM 1 point [-]

also, just created a Less Wrong in SB group on Facebook

Comment author: JGWeissman 02 April 2009 10:24:08PM 0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Orange County

Comment author: JGWeissman 02 April 2009 10:24:54PM 0 points [-]

I live in Lake Forest

Comment author: MBlume 02 April 2009 11:28:00PM 1 point [-]

I could catch a train down to OC pretty easily.

Comment author: Matt_Simpson 03 April 2009 05:01:23AM 1 point [-]

I'll be at Chapman University in Orange for 6 weeks this summer. I imagine The city of Orange is in Orange County, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 05:44:31AM 1 point [-]

yes indeed it is =)

it's about half an hour north of lake forrest, if memory serves.

Which six weeks? That might be a good time to shoot for a so-cal meetup

Comment author: Matt_Simpson 03 April 2009 04:19:34PM 1 point [-]

June 29 to August 7

Comment author: ianshakil 03 April 2009 06:16:54AM *  1 point [-]

Irvine, CA here

EDIT: I now live in Palo Alto

Comment author: Yasser_Elassal 03 April 2009 09:23:30PM 1 point [-]

I live in San Clemente, but I'd be willing to drive anywhere in Orange County for an occasional meetup.

Comment author: haig 03 April 2009 07:39:47AM 1 point [-]

I'm in pasadena

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 07:46:07PM 1 point [-]

I've started a meetup group for LessWrongers in Southern California

Comment author: outlawpoet 08 April 2009 07:04:58PM 0 points [-]

Playa del Rey, by the beach just south of Santa Monica and West of LA proper.

Comment author: dfranke 02 April 2009 10:32:03PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in the Bay Area.

Comment author: dfranke 02 April 2009 10:32:18PM 1 point [-]

I live in San Francisco.

Comment author: orthonormal 03 April 2009 07:48:05AM 1 point [-]

I live in Berkeley.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 April 2009 10:12:51AM 1 point [-]

I live in Redwood City, at least for now.

Comment author: rhollerith 03 April 2009 04:11:00PM *  1 point [-]

I live in Marin County.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 04 April 2009 01:44:43AM 1 point [-]

I live in Santa Clara, but I don't have a car, so...

Comment author: jimrandomh 02 April 2009 10:14:58PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in New England

Comment author: jimrandomh 02 April 2009 10:15:19PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Massachusetts

Comment author: jimrandomh 02 April 2009 10:15:38PM 1 point [-]

I live in Bedford, MA

Comment author: Alicorn 02 April 2009 10:35:28PM *  3 points [-]

I live in Amherst, MA.

Should we also be posting how mobile we are? I rely on the bus system and the goodwill of my roommate to get around. I couldn't attend an event in, say, Boston unless there was carpooling.

Comment author: James_Miller 02 April 2009 11:02:33PM *  1 point [-]

I live in South Deerfield, MA and work in Northampton

Contact me at EconomicProf@Yahoo.com

Comment author: grobstein 03 April 2009 05:04:34AM 1 point [-]

Cambridge, MA. Rarely venture beyond Boston metro area.

However, I'll in the Pioneer Valley on Apr. 17-19, if anyone is interested in a meetup that Sunday (19th), say NoHo or Amherst.

Comment author: Alicorn 03 April 2009 02:53:12PM 1 point [-]

The bus is less friendly on weekends, but I could get as far as Amherst Center (and back) without spending unduly long waiting for multiple buses.

Comment author: adb 03 April 2009 05:21:17PM 1 point [-]

Medford, MA. Enjoyed the OB meetup on the MIT campus, which was convenient since I work across the street. I'd be up to renting a car and driving to Amherst or New Hampshire for a meetup on a weekend, especially if there was time for hiking.

Comment author: imaxwell 03 April 2009 02:30:19AM 1 point [-]

I attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, and live on campus.

I am in Massachusetts about every other weekend on average, and I considered posting this in "Massachusetts." I could easily make a MA meetup.

Comment author: thomblake 03 April 2009 05:58:19PM 0 points [-]

New Haven, CT. I go to Boston and NYC sometimes so a meetup either place might be possible. Or here as the in-between spot.

Comment author: SoullessAutomaton 02 April 2009 10:51:33PM *  0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in the midwestern USA or nearby areas of Canada, ideally roughly within a day's drive of Chicago.

EDIT: For anyone in this area, Penguicon may be a good location for a meetup. It's a mixed sci-fi/open-source/general-geekery convention in the Detroit area, and just might possibly have at least one guest that LW readers would be interested to meet. I probably won't be there this year, though.

Comment author: hhadzimu 02 April 2009 11:37:16PM 1 point [-]

Chicago, IL.

Comment author: arundelo 03 April 2009 02:26:56AM 1 point [-]

Detroit, MI.

Comment author: Psy-Kosh 03 April 2009 02:39:08AM 1 point [-]

I'm Detroit...ish area, and actually I am planning to go to Penguicon this year

Comment author: Technologos 03 April 2009 04:25:49AM 2 points [-]

South Side of Chicago

Comment author: MichaelBishop 03 April 2009 08:57:10PM 0 points [-]

Me too. U of C affiliated?

Comment author: Technologos 04 April 2009 06:37:43PM 1 point [-]

Yep! I'll get in touch.

Comment author: Matt_Simpson 03 April 2009 05:00:20AM *  1 point [-]

Near St. Louis, MO or Ames, IA, depending on the time of year.

Comment author: venusatuluri 03 April 2009 05:03:15AM 1 point [-]

Columbus, Ohio

Comment author: aleph 03 April 2009 12:00:22PM 1 point [-]

Bloomington IN, Chicago area native, so I'm back that way fairly often anyway.

Comment author: Dustin 03 April 2009 04:49:47PM 1 point [-]

Near St. Louis.

Comment author: HA2 03 April 2009 07:34:11PM 2 points [-]

Champaign, IL

Comment author: NicSmith 05 April 2009 07:07:29AM 1 point [-]

"Me too." I'm in Chicago.

Comment author: NQbass7 08 April 2009 08:42:27PM 0 points [-]

I'm in Peoria, IL. In Chicago pretty often though.

Comment author: LeBleu 17 May 2009 10:12:06PM 0 points [-]

Algoma, WI (about 4 hours north of Chicago)

Comment author: CronoDAS 03 April 2009 01:10:20AM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live within what you consider easy driving distance from New York City.

Comment author: CronoDAS 03 April 2009 01:10:46AM 1 point [-]

I live in central New Jersey.

Comment author: dclayh 03 April 2009 02:14:09AM 1 point [-]

Me too: Princeton.

Comment author: olimay 17 April 2009 01:47:53AM 0 points [-]

I said Princeton above, since it's my mailing address (and recognizable to non-locals.) Close enough, I guess, and anyway I've recently been spending most of my time (here) in Frist.

Comment author: crazypaki 03 April 2009 08:20:06AM 1 point [-]

ay, North Kersey for me and I am in the city 3-4 days a week

Comment author: MichaelBishop 03 April 2009 08:54:37PM 0 points [-]

I visit NYC several times a year - whatever that's worth. I live in Chicago though.

Comment author: Zvi 04 April 2009 09:47:49PM 1 point [-]

I live in NYC proper.

Comment author: Kenny 12 April 2009 02:55:28PM 1 point [-]

Brooklyn

Comment author: robzahra 05 April 2009 04:46:37PM 1 point [-]

NYC area: Rob Zahra, AlexU, and Michael Vassar sometimes...

Comment author: glenra 13 April 2009 03:00:08AM 0 points [-]

Manhattan

Comment author: dreeves 13 April 2009 03:15:07AM 0 points [-]

Driving distance? I live in Manhattan, sans car.

Comment author: olimay 17 April 2009 01:44:08AM 0 points [-]

Princeton, NJ. Easy train ride up. I visit NYC every other weekend.

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 April 2009 02:20:29AM 1 point [-]

Canada, Ottawa.

Comment author: janos 03 April 2009 02:45:50AM 1 point [-]

I'm mostly a lurker, but I'm in Toronto.

Comment author: badger 03 April 2009 02:51:23AM 1 point [-]

Phoenix, Arizona

Comment author: AndySimpson 03 April 2009 04:22:58AM 1 point [-]

Wohoo! Glendale.

Comment author: PhilGoetz 03 April 2009 03:01:05AM *  3 points [-]
Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 04:29:47PM 5 points [-]

glad I'm not the only Bayesian who loves OotS

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 April 2009 04:36:08PM 4 points [-]

rest assured...

Comment author: Jack 03 April 2009 07:53:16PM 1 point [-]

Me too.

Comment author: ChrisBrown 03 April 2009 09:09:41PM 1 point [-]

In the NoVA/DC area as well.

Comment author: Benquo 21 April 2009 06:43:00PM 0 points [-]

likewise - DC

Comment author: RobinZ 26 October 2009 11:33:42PM 0 points [-]

Likewise, in the DC area.

Comment author: Cyan 03 April 2009 03:23:03AM 1 point [-]

Ottawa, Canada.

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 April 2009 04:15:20AM 1 point [-]

I'm moving to Ottawa on May 1st.

How many people do we need to have quorum?

Comment author: LongInTheTooth 03 April 2009 03:44:03PM 1 point [-]

Ottawa, Canada

Comment author: Cyan 03 April 2009 04:01:02PM 5 points [-]

One representative from each of the twelve colonies.

Comment author: MichaelGR 03 April 2009 04:04:35PM 3 points [-]

Can I be Caprica?

Comment author: Cyan 03 April 2009 10:52:25PM 2 points [-]

Certainly! And I shall be the Vogon representative.

Comment author: swestrup 03 April 2009 04:15:56AM 2 points [-]

Montreal, Canada

Comment author: Pierre-Andre 03 April 2009 01:56:18PM 1 point [-]

Québec, Qc, Canada.

Comment author: Nebu 16 April 2009 05:29:03PM 0 points [-]

Me too: Montreal, Canada.

Comment author: Aurini 03 April 2009 09:10:10AM 1 point [-]

Calgary, Alberta.

Comment author: BrandonReinhart 03 April 2009 10:15:13AM 1 point [-]

Seattle, WA

Comment author: Rune 03 April 2009 01:57:19PM 1 point [-]

Waterloo, Ontario.

Comment author: Chase_Johnson 03 April 2009 05:44:16PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live within driving distance of Dallas, TX.

Comment author: Chase_Johnson 03 April 2009 05:44:30PM 1 point [-]

I live in Richardson.

Comment author: clay 26 October 2009 10:37:38PM 0 points [-]

I just caught this when I saw Silas post in the sidebar. I don't know if you're still around LW, but I live in Richardson as well, although I plan to move to the Bay Area soon.

Comment author: MrHen 08 April 2009 09:54:06PM 1 point [-]

I'm currently in Tyler, TX.

Comment author: Simulacra 17 April 2009 12:22:49AM 1 point [-]

Sugar Land (Houston area), not exactly day trip material but with sufficient notice I could make something.

Comment author: Chase_Johnson 27 April 2009 04:47:21PM 0 points [-]

We do seem to be thin on the ground in Texas.

Comment author: pdf23ds 06 October 2009 06:29:54AM 0 points [-]

I live in Mount Pleasant, TX.

Comment author: SilasBarta 26 October 2009 09:27:09PM 1 point [-]

Waco, TX. (Prompt reply, I know...)

Comment author: GuySrinivasan 04 April 2009 01:04:52AM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in the Pacific Northwest.

Comment author: GuySrinivasan 04 April 2009 01:05:36AM 1 point [-]

I live in Redmond, WA.

Comment author: evtujo 04 April 2009 02:41:32PM 1 point [-]

Montana

Comment author: chesh 13 April 2009 09:03:35PM 0 points [-]

Salt Lake City. Seems we're the entire mountain time delegation.

Comment author: Michelle 07 April 2009 08:18:54AM 3 points [-]

Victoria, BC

Comment author: mattnewport 16 April 2009 05:45:58PM 0 points [-]

Vancouver, Canada.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 31 July 2009 10:39:35PM 0 points [-]

Pittsburgh, PA

Comment author: Pavitra 06 October 2009 06:05:55AM 0 points [-]

Fairfield, Iowa.

Comment author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 09:52:35PM 3 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Europe.

Comment author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 09:54:21PM 2 points [-]

I live in London, UK.

Comment author: MichaelHoward 02 April 2009 10:09:30PM 3 points [-]

I'm in London, and till we organize something I recommend the UKTA/ExtroBritannia meets.

Comment author: JulianMorrison 02 April 2009 10:48:19PM 1 point [-]

Reading, UK, and UKTA is excellent.

Comment author: taw 02 April 2009 11:05:39PM 3 points [-]

Another Londoner here. By power of statistics there should be enough of us to organize it even the next weekend if we wanted.

If anybody else wants to organize that, go ahead, I don't really have much experience in this. But in case there are no other volunteers I'll do it. So if any Londoners interested in rationalist meetup in some coffeeshop or pub, just email me at Tomasz.Wegrzanowski@gmail.com If there will be 5 or more interested people, I'll suggest some times and places and hopefully we can set the first meetup this way.

The first one is always the hardest, the next one will hopefully be less ad hoc than that.

Comment author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 11:10:23PM 2 points [-]

I'd go for a weekday evening in a pub in town to kick off...

Comment author: JulianMorrison 02 April 2009 11:29:22PM *  1 point [-]

Weekdays are useless to anyone not actually in London - even close by, it would take too long to travel in after work.

Also, pubs are hugely overrated for serious talk, where you want less echoes, less music, less TV and less shouty people. Try a Starbucks?

Edit: meeting near a station or at least Zone 1 tube is also a plus.

Comment author: marc 02 April 2009 11:32:57PM 2 points [-]

I'm in London

Comment deleted 02 April 2009 11:34:13PM [-]
Comment author: AlanCrowe 03 April 2009 10:12:10AM 1 point [-]

I'm also in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Comment author: sark 23 January 2010 09:51:48PM 0 points [-]

me too, University of Edinburgh

Comment author: whpearson 03 April 2009 08:11:11AM 1 point [-]

Devon, UK. London meets are a bit far at the moment, but I may be moving.

Comment author: mathemajician 04 April 2009 10:58:41AM 0 points [-]

Yay London

Comment author: Alexandros 24 April 2009 04:00:59PM 0 points [-]

Guildford, UK. Definitely up for any London meetups.

Comment author: Larks 11 August 2009 11:23:24PM *  0 points [-]

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Edit: Also Oxford, UK in termtime.

Comment author: oliverbeatson 11 September 2009 12:22:05AM 1 point [-]

Another Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 02 April 2009 10:10:26PM 1 point [-]

Norwich, UK.

Comment author: gjm 03 April 2009 09:09:24AM 1 point [-]

Cambridge, UK.

Comment author: PaulWright 03 April 2009 11:03:54PM 1 point [-]

Me too! (But gjm knew that).

Comment author: gjm 03 April 2009 11:54:25PM 1 point [-]

I'm mildly surprised that so far there's only the two of us.

Comment author: abigailgem 03 April 2009 11:49:21AM *  1 point [-]

Newport, South Wales (Casnewydd, De Cymru). Rarely in London, willing to travel to Bristol or Swansea.

Comment author: Bongo 02 April 2009 10:38:40PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in Finland.

Comment author: Bongo 02 April 2009 10:38:57PM *  1 point [-]

Comment author: Cunya 03 April 2009 06:05:17AM 1 point [-]

Tampere, but a Hungarian.

Comment author: vizikahn 03 April 2009 07:33:31AM 1 point [-]

I live in Oulu.

Comment author: kluge 04 April 2009 06:26:56PM 1 point [-]

Oulu as well.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 05 April 2009 03:33:39PM 1 point [-]

Helsinki here.

Comment author: Emile 03 April 2009 05:59:33AM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live in France.

Comment author: Emile 03 April 2009 05:59:59AM 1 point [-]

I live in Paris

Comment author: bogdanb 03 April 2009 06:47:24PM 1 point [-]

Right next to Paris myself, Palaiseau en fait.

Comment author: igoresque 04 April 2009 01:25:54PM 1 point [-]

Yvelines, next to Paris

Comment author: Morendil 06 October 2009 07:04:53AM 0 points [-]

I'm in Paris

Comment author: XiXiDu 03 April 2009 09:51:12AM 1 point [-]

Germany, NRW, Gütersloh

Comment author: Sebastian_Hagen 03 April 2009 11:08:26AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: steven0461 03 April 2009 12:21:10PM 0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you live in the Netherlands.

Comment author: steven0461 03 April 2009 12:21:19PM 1 point [-]

I live in Amsterdam.

Comment deleted 03 April 2009 04:06:53PM [-]
Comment author: Torben 04 April 2009 12:11:42PM 1 point [-]

Copenhagen (city, not snuff).

Comment author: infotropism 03 April 2009 06:44:17PM 2 points [-]

People of Belgium, unite behind me ... if any.

Comment author: gaffa 03 April 2009 08:32:53PM 3 points [-]

Post here if you live in Sweden.

Comment author: Jens 04 April 2009 05:06:06PM 2 points [-]

Stockholm, Sweden.

Comment author: Henrik_Jonsson 18 July 2009 12:13:19AM 2 points [-]

Umeå, Sweden.

Comment author: ciphergoth 02 April 2009 09:53:09PM 1 point [-]

Post in this thread if you live outside Europe, the US, or Canada.

Comment author: Andrew 03 April 2009 07:50:39AM 2 points [-]

Shanghai, China

Comment author: [deleted] 03 April 2009 12:03:10PM 2 points [-]

Any other African expats? Rwanda? In fact, I'll see your small central African nation and raise you a Burundi, Uganda, or Eastern Congo if it's not buried in lava by next week.

Comment author: insaneabd 03 April 2009 02:52:16PM 2 points [-]

Lahore, Pakistan

Comment author: Vladimir_Gritsenko 04 April 2009 10:09:30AM 1 point [-]

I can't be the only guy to generate the 410 hits from Israel... if I am, that is very sad.

Comment author: DanArmak 06 October 2009 12:23:49PM 0 points [-]

I'm from Israel. Currently live in Jerusalem studying at HUJI.

Comment author: blogospheroid 06 April 2009 04:20:58AM 1 point [-]

Bangalore, India, honest confession, a lurker more than a commentor. I feel i don't know enough.

Comment author: thungas 10 October 2009 06:39:44PM 0 points [-]

hey.. am from Bangalore.. on/off lurker.. had an acct for long.. but this is my first comment.. -Srikanth Thunga

Comment author: michaelkeenan 06 April 2009 07:20:51AM 1 point [-]

Taipei, Taiwan.

Comment author: AndrewH 18 July 2009 12:18:10AM 0 points [-]

Auckland, New Zealand

Comment author: dyokomizo 06 December 2009 10:58:40PM 0 points [-]

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 02 April 2009 10:44:27PM 1 point [-]

Anyone from Russia? I live in Moscow.

Comment author: khafra 03 April 2009 03:56:26AM 0 points [-]

I live in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, that's Florida, not Russia. Which is a shame, because I'm always impressed by your comments, and usually learn something. спасибо.

Comment author: cousin_it 03 April 2009 05:59:29AM 1 point [-]

Me too.

Comment author: Vladimir_Golovin 03 April 2009 06:11:15AM *  1 point [-]

Rostov-na-Donu here :)

I know a couple of guys here in Rostov (was quite surprised to discover them!) who are interested in That Which Cannot Be Named Yet. They could definitely learn a lot from reading LW and the OB corpus, but unfortunately their English isn't good enough.

(BTW, I didn't think you were from Moscow, thought you're an immigrant -- your English is way too good for a regular Russian.)

Comment author: robzahra 02 April 2009 11:59:20PM *  4 points [-]

This post is a good idea, but wouldn't it be easier for everyone to join the less wrong facebook group? I'm not positive, but I think the geographical sorting can then be easily viewed automatically. You could then invite the subgroups to their own group, and easily send group messages.

Comment author: ciphergoth 03 April 2009 01:15:29PM 1 point [-]

I thought of that, but quite a few folk seemed to object to the idea of using Facebook here, so I thought this was the safest option. I'm in the Facebook group too, as Paul Crowley.

Comment author: PhilGoetz 03 April 2009 03:00:21AM 2 points [-]

Why are people voting the comments on this post up and down? 7 completely neutral comments expressing where people live have been voted down to zero. That's crazy.

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 03:17:09AM 3 points [-]

cipher and I removed the upvotes from our own comments since we were making lots of comments to give structure to the thread, and did not feel it was fair for us to earn karma from them.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 April 2009 06:16:17AM 0 points [-]

Don't worry about it, we'll get rid of karma for self-upvotes later.

Comment author: komponisto 03 April 2009 06:24:16AM 4 points [-]

So (in other words) you want to require actual upvotes (from others) to earn karma, rather than merely avoiding downvotes. Are you sure this is a good idea?

Why shouldn't one's own vote count?

Comment author: Emile 03 April 2009 08:03:45AM 7 points [-]

Because right now user karma correlates more strongly with post count than with post quality. You get what you measure, so that needs to be fixed.

Comment author: komponisto 04 April 2009 01:44:04AM 2 points [-]

But why shouldn't it correlate with post count? That way the incentive structure encourages active participation; under the system Eliezer prefers, people might be tempted to hold back.

Is this there a need to correct things in this direction? Are we getting too many low-quality posts and comments?

(I also think that the automatic self-upvote makes sense on the grounds that making a comment should itself be considered a statement about what sort of comments the user would like to see more of. If not, the user can always undo the upvote.)

Comment author: SoullessAutomaton 04 April 2009 01:52:21AM 4 points [-]

But why shouldn't it correlate with post count? That way the incentive structure encourages active participation; under the system Eliezer prefers, people might be tempted to hold back.

That depends on whether or not total karma is supposed to indicate anything meaningful. As is, it will mostly indicate how early a member joined and how active they've been.

Comment author: Emile 04 April 2009 07:34:37AM 3 points [-]

But why shouldn't it correlate with post count? That way the incentive structure encourages active participation; under the system Eliezer prefers, people might be tempted to hold back.

Since comments tend to get upvoted more often than downvoted, why would people hold back? A comment's 'expected karma' would still be positive :)

We can still add an extra "post count" to a user's profile if anybody needs to know that.

And no, I don't think that this site is glutted with low-quality comments, but it's young and I already can't keep track of all that's being said, so a gentle nudge in the "quality over quantity" direction would be a Good Thing.

Comment author: ciphergoth 03 April 2009 08:05:50AM 1 point [-]

Unless you're confident that later will be soon, it still seems to make sense to work around the system for now.

BTW, MBlume, nice bit of mind reading, I was impressed by that!

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 08:10:58AM 0 points [-]

lol, thanks =)

Comment author: steven0461 03 April 2009 12:22:56PM *  0 points [-]

I downvoted a few comments on the same principle yesterday, but I see those have been repaired. Hope people didn't take it as disapproval.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 April 2009 12:36:33PM 3 points [-]

Okay seriously, don't worry about this, it'll get fixed eventually and then we don't want to have to run back and change everything back around. A few points of temporary karma are not important.

Comment author: goldfishlaser 03 April 2009 03:01:09AM 0 points [-]

I'd love to meet any of you near Atlanta, GA!

Comment author: chronophasiac 03 April 2009 11:26:35AM 2 points [-]

Yup, me too.

Comment author: michaelhoney 03 April 2009 03:26:39AM 0 points [-]

Canberra, Australia.

Comment author: MattFisher 03 April 2009 03:54:35AM 0 points [-]

Sydney, Australia

But I could make it to Canberra ;)

Comment author: Virge 04 April 2009 01:38:54PM 0 points [-]

Melbourne, Australia

Comment author: wedrifid 06 October 2009 09:43:32AM 0 points [-]

Another.

Comment author: xrchz 26 October 2009 09:08:02PM 0 points [-]

Canberra, Australia, too.

Comment author: haig 03 April 2009 05:17:29AM 0 points [-]

Los Angeles, Ca

Comment author: MBlume 03 April 2009 06:08:39AM 1 point [-]

hey, just so you know, there's some other southern californians hanging out down-thread

Comment author: rwallace 03 April 2009 08:15:58AM 1 point [-]

Dublin, Ireland.

Comment author: flawed_skull 03 April 2009 03:59:38PM 0 points [-]

New Jersey! Arent there enough OB/LWers to make a greater new york area meetup once in 2 months possible?

Comment author: olimay 17 April 2009 01:53:35AM 0 points [-]

Princeton area. I'm good to meet up in NYC too.

Comment author: matt 03 April 2009 09:36:30PM *  15 points [-]

The Less Wrong visit map:

global lesswrong visitors

  1. United States 31,827
  2. United Kingdom 6,662
  3. Canada 4,399
  4. Australia 2,943
  5. Finland 1,726
  6. Germany 1,502
  7. Netherlands 1,001
  8. Sweden 989
  9. New Zealand 750
  10. France 691
  11. Russia 577
  12. Ireland 524
  13. Brazil 434
  14. Israel 410
  15. Denmark 390
  16. Croatia 331
  17. India 327
  18. Belgium 322
  19. Japan 293
  20. Poland 288
  21. Austria 261
  22. Norway 247
  23. China 233
  24. Italy 192
  25. Spain 190

And some more detail:

(edit: credit to Google Analytics for all of the heavy lifting in this comment)

Comment author: AllanCrossman 04 April 2009 05:36:20PM 7 points [-]

This map would be better if it was based on visits divided by population. Currently it shows America as much darker than Britain even though Britain has about the same per capita LW readership... (and a considerably higher readership per landmass).

(Of course, getting the population for each country would be a right pain, so I don't blame you.)

Comment author: ciphergoth 11 April 2009 02:40:49PM 4 points [-]

This map would be best of all if it were an LW cartogram!

Comment author: khafra 19 April 2009 10:36:36PM *  0 points [-]

Great stat visualization and breakdown! But it's not in first normal form: There's two Bellevues, and the St. Petersburg entry doesn't specify whether it's Florida (which has a blob in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area, and no entry for Tampa) or Russia (which seems to be the origin of a few prominent LW'ers). I'm not sure of the most efficient way to resolve the ambiguities.

Comment author: matt 20 April 2009 10:29:05PM 0 points [-]

All of the heavy lifting here is done by Google Analytics.

(The St. Petersburg entry in the "US visitors by city" pdf is the one in the US).

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 04 April 2009 01:46:47AM 0 points [-]

Post in this thread if you're female. (I'm not; just wondering.)

Comment author: Alicorn 04 April 2009 02:30:25AM 0 points [-]

I'm female. Why is this a matter of interest?

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 04 April 2009 02:41:17AM 1 point [-]

I'm curious about who reads the site, I guess.

Comment author: byrnema 07 April 2009 03:42:45AM 0 points [-]

It would be neat to know the distribution. (I'm F.)

Comment author: steven0461 31 October 2009 05:29:49AM 2 points [-]

Would it be a good idea to bump this to the front page every now and then?

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 01 November 2009 12:54:54AM *  1 point [-]

Would it be a good idea to bump [the Where are we? thread] to the front page every now and then?

Maybe a link to it in the text of the monthly open thread?

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 01 November 2009 11:41:38AM 1 point [-]

And to the Welcome thread.