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Habryka comments on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview - Less Wrong

47 Post author: Habryka 15 September 2017 03:00AM

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Comment author: Habryka 16 September 2017 11:07:09PM 5 points [-]

Thanks! :)

I agree with the content issue, and ultimately having good content on the page is one of primary goals that guided all the modeling in the post. Good content is downstream from having a functioning platform and an active community that attracts interesting people and has some pointers on how to solve interesting problems.

I like your two models. Let me think about both of them...

The hedonic incentive model is one that I tend to use quite often, especially when it comes to the design of the page, but I didn't go into too much in this post because talking about it would inevitably involve a much larger amount of details. I've mentioned "making sure things are fun" a few times, but going into the details on how I am planning to achieve this would require me talking about the design of buttons, and animations and notification systems, each of which I could write a whole separate 8000 word post filled with my own thoughts. That said, it is also a ton of fun for me, and if anyone ever wants to discuss the details of any design decision on the page, I am super happy to do that.

I do feel that there is still a higher level of abstraction in the hedonic incentives model that in game design would be referred to as "the core game loop" or "the core reward loop". What is the basic sequence of actions that a user executes when he comes to your page that reliably results in positive hedonic reward? (on Facebook there are a few of those, but the most dominant one is "Go to frontpage, see you have new notifications, click notifications, see that X people have liked your content") And I don't think I currently have a super clear answer to this. I do feel like I have an answer on a System 1 level, but it isn't something I have spent enough time thinking about, and haven't clarified super much, and this comment made me realize that this is a thing I want to pay more attention to.

We hope to bootstrap the chicken-and-egg model by allowing people to practically just move their existing blogs to the LessWrong platform, either via RSS imports or by directly using their user-profile as a blog. My current sense is that in the larger rationality diaspora we have a really large amount of content, and so far almost everyone I've talked to seemed very open to having their content mirrored on LessWrong, which makes me optimistic about solving that aspect.