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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 28 November 2016 05:21:05AM *  5 points [-]

We now pivoted to a more discussion-oriented truth-seeking north star, which was our long-term goal all along.

Exciting stuff!

Are you planning to engage with the LW community to figure out what features to implement?

I know that Eliezer was heavily involved with Arbital's product management. But I think it's a mistake to make him the BDFL for LW 2.0, because LW 1.0 failed, and this was plausibly due to actions he took. Beware the halo effect: someone can simultaneously be a great blogger and a lousy product manager/forum moderator. I think we should let someone else like Vaniver have a try.

If you're planning to engage with the community (which I would strongly recommend--ignoring their userbase is the kind of thing failed startups do), I suggest waiting a bit and then creating a new thread about this, to simulate the effect of a sticky.

Comment author: Alexei 30 November 2016 04:33:03PM 2 points [-]

Are you planning to engage with the LW community to figure out what features to implement?

Eric R and I read all the comments in this thread. We've also met with multiple people in person to discuss exactly what the platform should look like. So the broad answer is "yes", but if you have a specific mode of engagement in mind, then it might be "no".

I know that Eliezer was heavily involved with Arbital's product management.

He is an adviser. There are no advocates to make him a BDFL as far as I know.

I suggest waiting a bit and then creating a new thread about this, to simulate the effect of a sticky.

I expect we'll have a public beta ready in two weeks. I plan to write a blog post of my own to explain Arbital in more details.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 01 December 2016 09:22:50AM 0 points [-]

Sounds great!

if you have a specific mode of engagement in mind, then it might be "no".

Well, if you created a new thread called "Eric and I are taking suggestions for Arbital", I imagine you might get a lot more relevant ideas and feedback :)