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In response to LessWrong Discord
Comment author: username2 14 March 2017 05:13:43PM 5 points [-]

Can we please not push a closed source electron based app with no options for encryption on the community ? We already have a irc channel which is on a non-tor friendly network and a slack which is practically the same thing when it comes to the frontend stack with a few differences when it comes to features. (I may be wrong about slack)

Why not go for something based on the matrix protocol which currently has support for bridges for both irc and slack ? Why must we fragment the community another time based on a temporary popular chat application which gained traction just because gamers jumped on it like they jumped on gamergate ?

https://matrix.org/blog/2017/03/11/how-do-i-bridge-thee-let-me-count-the-ways/

It even has a meme app for those afraid of their computers based on.. you guessed it, electron. Why of course we're going to write our desktop applications in javascript and css and use a whole copy of a browser as a runtime for it.

Comment author: excinera 15 March 2017 02:13:26AM 1 point [-]

Here is my two cents:

Well, if you want to know a secret, you're absolutely correct. Discord is a shitty kludged-together meme app that will probably die as soon as the venture capital realizes nobody is going to pay to use a resource-heavy and horribly formatted electron app that basically amounts to a non-compliant RFC 1459 implementation that's proprietary for the sole reason that anyone who actually cared could cut them out of the loop by doing an infinitely better job.

And when that happens, I hope you'll join me in pushing as hard as we can for Matrix. But there has to be something for us to push.

The Discord channels for SSC and for rat-tumb have gained more users in the last several days, and seem to have had more activity in them erstwhile, than either IRC or Skype or even LessWrong itself have gained in the last several weeks. It's simple and it's easy and it has the people on it who actually make things happen. As the saying goes, if it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid.

I think that Matrix is promising and I hope that, God willing, everyone would be able to seamlessly move to it someday -- but right now, what's important is not creating an optimal environment from first principles, but making use of a platform that a large number of people already agree on. Before moving a community to a new and unfamiliar platform, a community must exist.

LessWrong Discord

3 excinera 13 March 2017 05:24AM

After seeing the success of the rationalist tumblr Discord and the Slate Star Codex Discord, I've created a server for LessWrong in general.

It can be accessed through the Discord web client by just clicking on the link: https://discord.gg/eYqZMhm.

The Discord desktop client can be downloaded from the same link, or this one.

 

 

Discord, for those who don't know, is basically a text and voice chat platform that's become very popular recently. It has a web interface and a desktop client. It's a little bit weird to get used to, but it's very simple and for whatever reason attracts a much larger crowd than IRC or Skype does. Keep in mind I'm not proposing this as an official solution to the diaspora problem, but if enough people like it, I see no reason why it couldn't be at least a good adjunct to what we have already.

Why another communication medium? Well, why not? LessWrong itself doesn't really serve as a proper conversational locus, the IRC isn't doing much better, and the Facebook groups and Skype groups seem to be doing very badly.

Why Discord? Well, because that's where the people are at, plain and simple. I initially thought that Discord was just a gimmick -- yet another fad communication protocol and all that -- but after participating in it for a while and seeing the vibrance of the community that came from it, I figured that the most important thing is there being a critical mass of people to make discussion worthwhile. And Discord really isn't too bad of a protocol, to be honest!

Meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

0 excinera 09 February 2017 09:19AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

WHEN: 11 February 2017 04:30:31PM (-0500)

WHERE: 1147 Freesia Court, Ann Arbor MI 48105

The Ann Arbor Area Amalgam of Rationalist-Adjacent Anthropoids is having our biweekly* meetup this Saturday (2017 February 11) at

1147 Freesia Court

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

4:30 PM - "whenevs"

"If you can read this sentence, you're invited. If someone told you about it, you're invited. If someone re-posted it somewhere else and you read it, you're invited. (Feel free to repost, mention, or link to this announcement anywhere you think people will be interested.) No level of expertise is required. Do not worry if you don't think you're interesting enough. You're much more interesting than you think you are. Even if you're not, you're invited anyway. "

(We have a community website at http://memeware.org/A4RA2 with detailed information on this meetup and a calendar of future events, as well as directions and other stuff! Wow!)

The mailing list post for this meetup is also archived on Google Groups.

In addition to the website and mailing list, we have an IRC channel at irc://irc.freenode.net/a4ra2 (click for in-browser chat), where someone is usually around and paying attention if you want to ask any questions, or see if someone can give you a ride, or shitpost, or whatever.

  • Once every two weeks, not twice a week

Discussion article for the meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

Comment author: excinera 24 January 2017 05:10:42PM *  0 points [-]

EDIT: This comment originally said that the map wasn't properly centered on the actual location of the meetup, but I figured out how to fix it.

In response to comment by excinera on Weekly LW Meetups
Comment author: Elo 21 January 2017 03:10:50AM 0 points [-]

Send frank a pm, if that doesn't work, pm me and I will chase it up.

In response to comment by Elo on Weekly LW Meetups
Comment author: excinera 23 January 2017 07:46:31PM 0 points [-]

I've sent him the message. Thanks!

Meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

0 excinera 23 January 2017 07:35PM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

WHEN: 28 January 2017 04:20:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 2065 Commerce Blvd. #327 Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Ann Arbor Area Amalgam of Rationalist-Adjacent Anthropoids is having our biweekly* meetup this Saturday (2017 January 28) at 2065 Commerce Blvd. #327 Ann Arbor, MI 48103 4:00 PM - "whenevs" "If you can read this sentence, you're invited. If someone told you about it, you're invited. If someone re-posted it somewhere else and you read it, you're invited. (Feel free to repost, mention, or link to this announcement anywhere you think people will be interested.) No level of expertise is required. Do not worry if you don't think you're interesting enough. You're much more interesting than you think you are. Even if you're not, you're invited anyway. " (We have a community website at http://memeware.org/A4RA2 with detailed information on this meetup and a calendar of future events, as well as directions and other stuff! Wow!) The mailing list post for this meetup is also archived on Google Groups. In addition to the website and mailing list, we have an IRC channel at irc://irc.freenode.net/a4ra2 (click for in-browser chat), where someone is usually around and paying attention if you want to ask any questions, or see if someone can give you a ride, or shitpost, or whatever. * Once every two weeks, not twice a week

Discussion article for the meetup : [Metro Detroit / Ann Arbor], Michigan

In response to Weekly LW Meetups
Comment author: excinera 20 January 2017 09:59:47PM 3 points [-]

Hi. I've never made a post here before, so I don't know if I'm following the proper etiquette, but I'd like to ask if you could add Ann Arbor to your list of regularly scheduled meetups. It's listed on the wiki, but I don't know how to link to it.