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

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Comment author: ESRogs 17 September 2017 10:09:32AM 3 points [-]

If you write a post, it first shows up nowhere else but your personal user page, which you can basically think of being a medium-style blog. If other users have subscribed to you, your post will then show up on their frontpages

Some questions about this (okay if you don't have answers now):

  • Can anyone make a personal page?
  • Are there any requirements for the content -- does it need to be "rationality" themed, or can it be whatever the user wants (with the expectation that only LW-appropriate stuff will get promoted to the general frontpage)?
  • Can a user get kicked off for inappropriate content (whatever that means)?
Comment author: Benito 17 September 2017 07:04:22PM *  4 points [-]

Thanks for the questions.

  • From the start, all user pages will be personal pages. If you make an account, you'll have a basic blog.
  • No requirements for the content. This is for people in the community (and others) to write about whatever they're interested in. If you want a place to write those short statistical oddities you've been posting to tumblr; if you want a place to write those not-quite-essays you've been posting to facebook; if you want a place to try out writing full blog posts; if you wish, you can absolutely do that here.
  • I expect we'll have some basic norms of decency. I've not started the discussion within the Sunshine Regiment on what these will be yet, but once we've had a conversation we'll open it up to input from the community, and I'll make sure to publish clearly both the norms and info on what happens when someone breaks a norm.
Comment author: Habryka 17 September 2017 07:15:20PM 2 points [-]

Apparently me and Ben responded to this at the same time. We seem to have mostly said the same things, so we are apparently fairly in sync.

Comment author: Habryka 17 September 2017 07:13:51PM 1 point [-]

"Can anyone make a personal page? Are there any requirements for the content -- does it need to be "rationality" themed, or can it be whatever the user wants (with the expectation that only LW-appropriate stuff will get promoted to the general frontpage)? Can a user get kicked off for inappropriate content (whatever that means)?"

Current answer to all of those is:

I don't have a plan for that yet, let's figure it out as we run into that problem. For now having too much traffic or content to the site seems like a less important error mode, even if that content is bad, as long as it doesn't clog up the attention of everyone else.

I would probably suggest warning and eventually banning people who repeatedly try to bring highly controversial politics onto the site, or who repeatedly act in bad faith or taste, so I don't think we want to leave those personal pages fully unmoderated. But the moderation threshold should be a good bit higher than on the main page. No other constraints on content for now.

Comment author: ChristianKl 20 September 2017 01:09:04PM 2 points [-]

When deciding whether to publish content it seems to me to be important whether content is welcome or isn't. Unclarity about the policy can hold people back from contributing.