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17 Post author: Elo 19 March 2016 12:24PM

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Comment author: gjm 29 March 2016 12:06:59PM 1 point [-]

Any community spends some of its time and energy on "non-central" discussions. I think trying to prevent that would be a bad idea. (I agree that encouraging political discussions on LW would be a bad idea too.)

When I made my comment above I hadn't actually looked at the relevant bit of your document. Having done so, I think I'm confused. LW already has lots of tags. In particular, it already has a politics tag that's been used quite a bit. Your document lists a bunch of tags; what significance exactly is this list intended to have?

  • "We should make sure LW has these tags." Doesn't it already?
  • "We should make sure LW has these tags, and no others." That seems like an obviously bad idea.
  • "We should burn the existing LW to the ground and rebuild a new system; that system should have these tags." Is anyone proposing anything so radical?
  • "No, no, this is just a list of tags that should have an associated RSS feed." Isn't it much easier just to make that happen for all tags automagically?
  • Something else. But what?

Surely, whatever we do to LW's tagging system, it needs to be possible for posters to choose (and if necessary create) their own tags. Unless we are going to ban all discussions that have any connection with politics, sometimes they will quite rightly want a "politics" tag. Despite the existence of Omnilibrium, and despite the fact that politics is far from being the core business of LW.

(Some of those articles tagged "politics" are in fact really good.)

Comment author: Elo 30 March 2016 06:05:21AM 0 points [-]

Lesswrong has plenty of tags; they are not organised well or easy to browse.

By creating a list of common tags or master tags (class/type tags); (and showing them on the page where article writing happens) We can help people classify their efforts. It's great to share a link of something found elsewhere on LW; but someone not interested in seeing linkposts cannot currently filter out link-posts from their view. They can choose not to click on them but I would much prefer a LW where I can opt-out of seeing posts on certain topics (easy example: politics).

Also if we show tags on the sidebar it will be easier to get a feel for what lesswrong is about (or filter what is available on lw) than say; reading the first 3 posts in discussion.