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LW 2.0 Open Beta Live

18 Vaniver 21 September 2017 01:15AM

The LW 2.0 Open Beta is now live; this means you can create an account, start reading and posting, and tell us what you think.

Four points:

1) In case you're just tuning in, I took up the mantle of revitalizing LW through improving its codebase some time ago, and only made small amounts of progress until Oliver Habryka joined the project and put full-time engineering effort into it. He deserves the credit for the new design, and you can read about his strategic approach here.

2) If you want to use your current LW account on LW2.0, we didn't import the old passwords, and so you'll have to use the reset password functionality. If your LW account isn't tied to a current email, send a PM to habryka on lesswrong and he'll update the user account details on lesserwrong. He's also working on improving the site and sleeping and things like that, so don't expect an immediate response.

3) During the open beta there will be a green message in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This is called Intercom, and is how you can tell us about issues with the site and ask other questions.

4) The open beta will end with a vote of users with over a thousand karma on whether we should switch the lesswrong.com URL to point to the new code and database. If this succeeds, all the activity from the open beta and the live site will be merged together. If the vote fails, we expect to archive LW until another team comes along to revive it. We currently don't have a date set, but this will be announced a week in advance.

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

0 rocurley 25 September 2017 03:26AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

WHEN: 25 September 2017 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1769 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3333, United States

We’ll be meeting to work on projects!

Near the beginning, we’ll go around and talk about what we’ll be working on, then do a couple of pomodoros. At some point we’ll break into general conversations and socializing.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 301-458-0764.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

Meetup : Manchester UK Meetup

0 bendini 22 September 2017 09:55AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Manchester UK Meetup

WHEN: 30 September 2017 03:00:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: The Wharf, Manchester, M15 4ST, UK

Discussion article for the meetup : Manchester UK Meetup

Meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Perfectionism (9/12)

0 MathieuRoy 22 September 2017 04:25AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Perfectionism (9/12)

WHEN: 25 September 2017 05:30:00AM (-0400)

WHERE: Mont Royal, Montreal

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/779754812204289/

We're leaving from the Macroscope (810 Avenue Duluth E) at 5:35 and will pass by Les Échelles (3655 St-Laurent) at 5:50 in order to be on top of Mont Royal for the sunrise which will be at 6:45. You can either join us at the Macroscope, at Les Échelles, or at the top.

A short text on Perfectionism, one of the 12 virtues of rationality, will be read once at the top of Mont Royal.

This can be a good opportunity to put your coming week into perspective.

Source of the texts: "Twelve Virtues of Rationality" by Eliezer Yudkowsky http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues/

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Perfectionism (9/12)

Meetup : [Montreal] Petrov Day Ceremony

0 MathieuRoy 22 September 2017 04:22AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Petrov Day Ceremony

WHEN: 26 September 2017 05:30:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Montreal

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1955393698036590/ Contact Mati at mathieu.roy.37@gmail.com for exact address. This event is designed to provoke existential terror and involves staring into the abyss. If you want to avoid that, do NOT come. "Petrov Day is a yearly event on September 26 commemorating the anniversary of the Petrov incident, where a false alarm in the Soviet early warning system nearly set off a nuclear war. The purpose of the ritual is to make catastrophic and existential risk emotionally salient, by putting it into historical context and providing positive and negative examples of how it has been handled. This is not for the faint of heart and not for the uninitiated; it is aimed at those who already know what catastrophic and existential risk is, have some background knowledge of what those risks are, and believe (at least on an abstract level) that preventing those risks from coming to pass is important." (James Babcock) For the reasons mentionned above, and because this is a ceremony better done with a small group, this event is invite-only. Please contact the organizers if you would like to invite someone else. The schedule will be as follow: 17:30: Arrival 17:30 - 19:00: Potluck 19:00: Putting food away, and preparing the place for the ceremony 19:25: Locking the doors 19:30: Video on existential risks 20:00 - 22:00: Ceremony 22:00+: Discussions IMPORTANT NOTE: AT 19:25, WE WILL LOCK THE DOORS. No one will be allowed beyond this point, no matter the reason. The Ceremony has to be experienced in its entirety, and without interruptions. During the ceremony, attendees will be invited to read small paragraphs (mostly on the history of humanity) from the Ceremony booklet. Various local groups throughout the world will also be doing this ceremony on September 26th. We will all have a red button, and if a person from any of the groups presses their button, everyone (from all the participating groups) will need to immediately clean their place silently, and go back home. When it comes to existential risks, we're all in this toghether, and it only takes one group to screw everything up. The red button is a symbol of that.

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Petrov Day Ceremony

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

0 luminosity 21 September 2017 09:42AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

WHEN: 05 November 2017 03:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

The rationality dojo is a two hour event where we do hands on practical work to improve our lives, as opposed to socialising, debating or dicussing rationality related topics. Join us for a chance to polish your planning, motivational and other rationality skills. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

0 luminosity 21 September 2017 09:41AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

WHEN: 01 October 2017 03:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

The rationality dojo is a two hour event where we do hands on practical work to improve our lives, as opposed to socialising, debating or dicussing rationality related topics. Join us for a chance to polish your planning, motivational and other rationality skills. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

0 RobinZ 20 September 2017 10:30PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

WHEN: 24 September 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

Note: the schedule of upcoming meetups has been changed.

We will be meeting in the courtyard to discuss comic books and their place in culture.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Oct. 1: Color
  • Oct. 8: Fun & Games
  • Oct. 15: History

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

Meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup

0 PonchoPal 19 September 2017 12:48AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup

WHEN: 03 October 2017 07:00:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: 5151 E Yale Cir, Denver, CO

Come discuss rationalist topics with us! Meetups are typically very casual, but sometimes have suggested topics. We will likely do a potluck sort of thing this month, on account of us no longer meeting at a restaurant, but don't feel any pressure to bring anything if you just want to come feel out the space. The meeting room opens up to a big patio on the East side of the building, so look for that for the entrance.

You can find more information on Meetup or Facebook:

https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Rationality/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/969594296461197/

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup