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harshhpareek comments on Open Thread May 16 - May 22, 2016 - Less Wrong

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Comment author: harshhpareek 16 May 2016 02:57:20AM *  7 points [-]

Are there any newbies wandering these parts? Leave a comment here! I want to know if there's any interest in a weekly/fortnightly/monthly newbie thread?

By newbie, I mean that you've found LessWrong somewhat recently and are getting exposed to many ideas like those in the Sequences but you don't post because you wonder if the things you would talk about get discussed later or might have already been discussed somewhere.

LW has a reputation of being very harsh on newbies, so maybe a newbie thread where we can discuss things without annoying those critical people would give people a place to hang out.

Comment author: [deleted] 16 May 2016 10:15:49PM 7 points [-]

I signed up a few years back then left, slightly intimidated by the community (though I enjoyed reading the Sequences and discovered HPMOR through this site, which I then recommended to friends).

I also held back on posting from thinking regs would tire of rehashing old-to-them, new-to-me topics. The reason I just recently came back was from showing HPMOR to my boyfriend. I think a newbie thread would bring out some lurkers and help people better integrate into the community.

Great idea. :)

Comment author: Viliam 17 May 2016 08:26:59AM 5 points [-]

Okay, here is the Welcome Thread.

Comment author: Pimgd 17 May 2016 12:15:40PM 8 points [-]

This thread made me sign up because it is a big enough sign that you apparently care about new people - you're willing to go to that length to get people to sign up, so I'll guess I could create an account. Maybe that ought to lower the barrier for me to participate.