Is there a good way to simultaneously read LW and EA Forum posts and comments?

post by Pongo · 2020-06-25T00:15:00.711Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · LW · GW · No comments

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I mostly read LW because the posts tend to be more fun and my interests (AI safety, thinking well, the broad question of how to do good) appear more consistently here (where, in particular, there are a reasonable number of posts on causes I'm not interested in, EA meta and moral philosophy).

However, there's lots of good stuff on the EA forum and it's cheap to ignore the stuff I'm not interested in. Checking both sites is not acceptable to me because it will lead to time-wasting habits (check one, browse a little, check the other, browse a little, check the first ...). RSS doesn't work because I want to be able to easily read the comments.

Does a solution to this exist?


answer by Davidmanheim · 2020-06-25T06:16:42.156Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Check out, which aggregates both of them, plus more - and amusingly, I was recently pointed to it, which is how I found this post. (But it doesn't have comments, obviously, so it's not a full solution for you.)

comment by Pablo_Stafforini · 2020-06-25T14:22:49.561Z · score: 10 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I maintain EA Blogs. Although this is tangential to the original question, if anyone has suggestions on either additional blogs to include or possible general improvements, please contact me or leave a comment below.

comment by Davidmanheim · 2020-06-26T09:07:38.276Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Given OP's question, an obvious, if perhaps annoying / difficult idea to implement, is to have an expandable [+] next to each post which allows seeing it on that site, and a nested expandable button to see comments.

I'm unsure how happy or unhappy people who are indexed would be with this for non EA Forum / LW blogs.

comment by Pablo_Stafforini · 2020-06-26T13:04:07.810Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks. I'm not sure how to implement those suggestions on Wordpress, but I'll add them to the list of possible improvements.

comment by Davidmanheim · 2020-06-26T15:53:18.490Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yeah, Wordpress isn't the best platform for this.

I could imagine clear ways of doing this by having, say, python scripts to ingest the data, running, say, hourly on cloud servers, and then producing RSS for that could then be used in Wordpress - but I'm guessing there are people on here who would have far better ideas for how to engineer this.

answer by Kenny · 2020-06-25T01:44:19.718Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Are you sure RSS won't work for you? I follow LW and a bunch of other sites/feeds in a feed reader (Feedly). I scan all of my feeds in a big 'oldest first' list, read most in the reader, but sometimes look at posts on their original sites (via a keyboard shortcut consisting of a single key) – the latter seems like a perfectly fine way to read comments (when I want to).

Or do you need or want to follow comments too, i.e. comments made after you read the original post? I think a lot of sites have comments feeds, so that should be possible via RSS too. I don't do this tho. I do selectively subscribe to comments for specific posts, but typically via email. On some sites, including LW, I only get new comments via on-site or in-app notifications, which mostly seems fine.

comment by Pongo · 2020-06-26T18:51:34.201Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sadly not. I like RSS (and have it for curated posts), but I got a lot of value from browsing 'Recent Discussion' on LW (both that comments are often very good, and it's a major way that I find posts I want to read). And I heavily use quality-of-life features like pop-up links when scanning updates

comment by Kenny · 2020-06-27T18:05:37.951Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think there's a way to submit feature requests to the LW dev(s). An RSS feed for 'Recent Discussion' should be possible.

And, as I wrote before, I sometimes look at posts on their original sites – LW is one for which I do this a lot of the time (e.g. so I can vote or comment).

answer by BeanSprugget · 2020-06-26T19:26:23.529Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

You could make a habit of checking LW and EA at a certain time each day/week/etc. I don't know how easy that would be maintain, or if it's really practical depending on your situation.

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