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Comment author: Houshalter 25 March 2016 04:52:51AM 1 point [-]

This feels wrong to me. I mean, I would like to have a website with a lot of high-quality materials. But given a choice between higher quality and more content, I would prefer higher quality. I am afraid that measuring these KPIs will push us in the opposite direction.

But more content equals a higher chance that some of the content is worth reading. You can't get to gold without churning through lots of sand.

Instead I think there should be decent filtering. It shouldn't be sorted by new by default, but instead "hot" or "top month" etc.

I think the subreddits should only be created after enough articles for given category were posted (and upvoted). Obviously that requires having one "everything else" subreddit. And the subreddits should reflect the "structure of the thingspace" of the articles.

I second this. In fact I would go further and say there should only be 1 or 2 distinct subreddits. Ideally just 1.

The model for this is Hacker News. They only have one main section. And no definition of what belongs there except maybe "things of interest to hackers" it's filled with links of all kinds of content from politics to new web frameworks.

I think lesswrong could do something like that successfully. The only reason it isn't is because, see above, new content like that is discouraged.

It would be nice to have scripts for creating things like Open Thread automatically.

Lesswrong currently uses (a highly outdated version of) reddit's api, so writing bots to do various tasks shouldn't be too difficult, and doesn't require access to Lesswrong's code.