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Comment author: Xerographica 03 May 2015 08:30:23PM -1 points [-]

It is very hard to find new content buried among all of the noise.

The solution is to facilitate micropayments. People aren't going to spend as much money on topics that there's a surplus of. The more readily available something is... the less money that people are willing to pay for it. So facilitating micropayments will allow the crowd to help lift the scarcest/rarest and most valuable content to the top of the list.

Oranges used to be a luxury. In other words, an orange was uncommon but valuable content. Then what happened? Payment.

Orchids used to be a luxury. In other words, an orchid was uncommon but valuable content. Then what happened? Payment.

So we add (micro)payments to Reddit, Youtube, Less Wrong and what will happen? What will happen when we incentivize/reward people who produce scarce but valuable content?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 10:21:43PM 0 points [-]
Comment author: Xerographica 03 May 2015 08:30:23PM -1 points [-]

It is very hard to find new content buried among all of the noise.

The solution is to facilitate micropayments. People aren't going to spend as much money on topics that there's a surplus of. The more readily available something is... the less money that people are willing to pay for it. So facilitating micropayments will allow the crowd to help lift the scarcest/rarest and most valuable content to the top of the list.

Oranges used to be a luxury. In other words, an orange was uncommon but valuable content. Then what happened? Payment.

Orchids used to be a luxury. In other words, an orchid was uncommon but valuable content. Then what happened? Payment.

So we add (micro)payments to Reddit, Youtube, Less Wrong and what will happen? What will happen when we incentivize/reward people who produce scarce but valuable content?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 10:20:25PM *  0 points [-]

Comment author: Lumifer 03 May 2015 06:41:00PM 1 point [-]

I would say mostly social pressure, with downvoting into invisibility functioning as a heavy blunt object to persuade people not amenable to social pressure :-)

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 07:41:15PM 1 point [-]

I agree.

And there's also social inertia, where people who aren't interested in an LWish sort of community aren't likely to post.

Comment author: casebash 03 May 2015 12:29:52PM 1 point [-]

Moderated fora? Each sub-reddit has its own moderation team.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 07:40:04PM 0 points [-]

Thanks for the information-- I just assumed that the original post was describing a real problem. Perhaps the next question is why there aren't fora with better information about some of those popular subjects.

Comment author: PeerGynt 03 May 2015 04:12:24AM *  21 points [-]

What is the LessWrong-like answer to whether someone born a male but who identifies as female is indeed female?

The Lesswrong-like answer to whether a blue egg containing Palladium is indeed a blegg is "It depends on what your disguised query is".

If the disguised query is which pronoun you should use, I don't see any compelling reason not use the word that the person in question prefers. If you insist on using the pronoun associated with whatever disguised query you associate with sex/gender, this is at best an example of "defecting by accident".

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 11:38:34AM 1 point [-]

Is there additional material about disguised queries?

Comment author: UnrequitedHope 03 May 2015 10:38:40AM *  -2 points [-]

This is a shame because social skills, dating and personal development are all important areas.

I guess LW nails the third one like jocks do to cheerleaders, at least it should otherwise.. well shit. But for the two other two I like HughRistik's comments. He had a comment with plenty of links to other comments of his. I'll look for it but not promising anything.

EDIT: here it is: http://lesswrong.com/lw/44r/post_proposal_attraction_and_seduction_for/3hn5

Now go get laid!

All they would have to do,

Still plenty of work, especially it's your hourly variant of "HOW DO I ASK THIS GIRL OUT". You either have a well-kept garden or you don't.

few moderators could be selected to divide up the work

I would settle for a moderator-user ratio.

On topic, I have no idea why I haven't been banned yet.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 11:34:22AM 1 point [-]

I mostly react to complaints rather than keeping track of everyone. You seem to have annoyed people, but you haven't posted on a large enough scale to be a problem. Also, at least your more recent comments have been getting positive karma.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2015 10:11:00AM 4 points [-]

Politics isn't banned here, just discouraged.

At this point, LW is mostly self-policing. I'm the moderator and I don't have a whole lot of work. This doesn't mean LW would be in good shape after (I'm guessing) a year with no moderator.

Sites with a lot of traffic tend to have multiple moderators. When Ta Nehisi Coates used to have an excellent comment section on a blog about mostly controversial topics at a national magazine, he eventually had sub-moderators. Coates was the only one who could offer articles. Making Light has at least three moderators, possibly as many as five. That is, there are only five people who can write top-level articles, but only three of them seem to be active moderators.

Does reddit have the ability to offer moderated fora? That would be a good compromise. People would even have a handy place to post rejected articles in other fora.

Comment author: advancedatheist 02 May 2015 06:01:13AM 1 point [-]

You can have a lot of fun imagining how HEPs (highly enhanced persons) would interact with MOSHes (Mostly Original Substrate Humans), especially if the MOSHes didn't understand the nature of the interaction. Olaf Stapledon wrote an excellent short novel on that theme back in the 1930's:

Odd John:

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601111h.html

The HEP character as a boy, John Wainwright, for example makes a MOSH boy fall in love with him in a homosexual way, just as an experiment.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 02 May 2015 05:00:12PM 2 points [-]

John is a feral child who needs to figure out what he's doing by himself.

In the real world, there would be at least efforts to have some rules for how HEPs and MOSHes interact, even if those rules can't be enforced reliably.

Comment author: jackk 01 May 2015 09:20:38PM *  3 points [-]

The Grumpy Programmer - "RFIDs, Encryption, and Stop Rules... Oh My!" -- A bit rambly in the middle, but an interesting post on trying to get people to look past their cached thoughts.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 02 May 2015 01:42:34PM 1 point [-]

Stop Rules is really important-- in humans, they're when someone's mind stops working on cognitive material, and if pushed to do so, the person goes into attack/defense mode.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 01 May 2015 09:52:16PM 2 points [-]

Which enhancements would you like? "Yes" doesn't mean "always" but "as needed". Choose "Other" if unsure, if you see other choices you want to comment on or if you just want to see the answers.

Virtual clones

Real clones

Independent clones

Think faster

Think slower

Perfect memory

Conscious access to numeric computing ressources (arithmetic, statistics)

Conscious access to symbolic computing ressources (logic)

Conscious access to turing complete computing ressources

Recall of information from the web like own memory

Conscious control over habit formation

Affect emotional states in a controlled way (happiness, attention, fear...)

Alter my mind in deeper ways

Move my mind into or expand my mind to vehicles or other bodies

Perceive radiation natively

Perceive material properties natively

Act via tactile control of audiovisual devices

Act via tactile control with feedback via augmented senses

Act via linguistic control of audiovisual devices

Act via linguistic control with feedback via augmented senses

Act via conscious thought control of audiovisual devices

Act via conscious thought with feedback via augmented senses

Interact with artificial beings

Interact with artificial beings that are smarter than I

Interact with artificial beings that are less smart than I

Interact with artificial beings that are more powerful than I

Have (parallel) consciousness which runs at time-scales of societal change

Conscious access to slow processes

Be consciously aware of cost-benefit trade-offs any application or usage of the above enhancements brings

You may add other polls as sub comments.

Submitting...

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 02 May 2015 01:36:15PM 2 points [-]

I want to be able to reverse aging.

What would the use be of thinking slower? Maybe for boring times?

I don't just want conscious recall of information from web-like own memory, I want to be able to communicate (both receive and transmit) directly in hypertext-- I don't know what it would be like, but it's frustrating that I can't.

If I could alter my mind in deeper ways, I'd like really good version control. I'd also like to be able to toggle between sensory extension and old-style sensory systems-- there's a lot of art which is optimized for currently standard senses.

And I'd like self-modules., so that if I wanted to experience something as though it was new to me or as if I were at an earlier age, I could. Daniel Pinkwater (a notable author of children's books) has mentioned that he has access to what it's like to be various ages.

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