Experimental Open Threads

post by Chris_Leong · 2018-02-26T03:13:16.999Z · score: 66 (15 votes) · LW · GW · 5 comments

Meta-tations on Moderation: Towards Public Archipelago suggested that we should be running more experiments with how discussion is run and listed several examples in the post. What if we ran monthly experimental open threads? I can imagine several formats that would work better as open threads than as a thread belonging to a specific commentator.

Here's a few thoughts of possible experiments:

A key part of rationality that has been somewhat underemphasised on Less Wrong is group rationality. Achieving big goals requires groups of people and these people need to be able to co-ordinate and efficiently share their knowledge. We could sit around and try to theorise about how to make this work or we could simply start running experiments.

A few questions:


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comment by habryka (habryka4) · 2018-02-26T04:34:07.487Z · score: 18 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I am in favor of this, and think that it's reasonable for threads like that to get promoted to the frontpage (since in this case the moderation would be done by the site-wide moderators and not the post-owner). Though I still need to think more about how we should generally handle open-threads and stuff like that.

comment by gjm · 2018-03-01T22:21:14.935Z · score: 16 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Seems like a good idea. I will not give any sort of absolute commitment (first open thread rules say: "Top-level comments must give the poster's name, physical address, bank details and a link to a high-resolution scan of their signature"...) but I would expect to participate actively in such threads unless they're crazy somehow or I completely blank on thinking of something interesting to say.

comment by Benito · 2018-02-26T19:08:25.342Z · score: 10 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I like this! And thanks for the cool list of examples.

comment by Hazard · 2018-02-28T02:34:05.460Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · LW · GW

I am very much interested in this idea. I was on the fence about how interesting/useful I would find open threads, but having a particular structure is something that I think would help get people involved and make it interesting.

I'll commit to being involved in the first 3 "themed open threads" if you decided to do them.

The double-crux and socratic themes seem the most interesting. For the Socratic, I like the idea of the questioners not being in pursuit of making a point, but instead trying to get the questioner to apply their own intelligence more to the topic.

comment by Elo · 2018-02-26T23:17:38.692Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Would participate. hesitant to lock myself in but I'd be interested.