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A map of LWers - find members of the community living near you. 2015-03-13T17:58:20.023Z · score: 37 (38 votes)

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Comment by acchan on A map of LWers - find members of the community living near you. · 2015-05-04T04:33:54.015Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I found a setting that fixes this by clustering close markers and displaying the number of them.

Comment by acchan on A map of LWers - find members of the community living near you. · 2015-05-04T04:28:30.506Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This direction of course ;)

Comment by acchan on A map of LWers - find members of the community living near you. · 2015-05-04T04:28:17.769Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I'll PM everyone so they can add themselves to my map.

Edit: Done spamming people. 6 of the 28 names weren't LW accounts nor on the IRC channel.

Comment by acchan on A map of LWers - find members of the community living near you. · 2015-03-23T02:32:26.188Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

There's a displace function that I suppose is meant for this (check your markers now and you'll understand). I could pull them farther apart if you wish.

As an alternative solution, I could put both names on the same marker.

FWIW, there are ways to find a marker that got buried below others. Browsing the list on the right is obvious, but not very helpful I suppose. Additionally, when you click a marker and then close the popover that appears, the marker will be moved behind the markers it was in front of.

Comment by acchan on [link] If anyone wants to discuss Gödel, Escher, Bach, we have a read-through of it going in /r/rational. Join us! · 2015-03-18T04:15:54.133Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks OP. I'm in.

Comment by acchan on Followup: Sequences book reading group · 2015-03-01T19:44:55.005Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I volunteer. I'm in a good position to commit to it. But I'm wondering why can't the process of posting regular threads be automated? I assume it's not possible because I'd expect it to be commonplace if it was, but all regular threads seem to be posted manually.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-26T19:59:50.696Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You guys worry too much :)

Personally, I'd be happy to meet someone who has read LW even if they aren't around the community anymore, so I don't get what the concern is. The map may have "LessWrong" in the title, but it's really about meeting interesting people.

Particularly as you are a relatively recent joiner, how much confidence should we have that you will be around to manage the location map in future?

I'm actually not new - this is just a new account. I don't see myself leaving LessWrong anytime soon. Regardless, if I disappear I don't see why someone else can't take over. I just changed the security settings to allow for anyone to export the data. Gram_Stone suggested circulating the map around survey time. I think that would be a good, predictable time to update people on the state of the map, including notifying them of a possible change of hands.

Comment by acchan on Sidekick Matchmaking · 2015-02-25T21:24:42.514Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Yes, I'm going to post to Discussion, but I wanted to test the waters in an Open Thread first.

I would also like to see that sort of thing circulated around survey time at the end of this year

Good idea. I'll see what I can do about that.

it's conceivable to me that ZeeMaps is not the only service like this

ZeeMaps is the one I know. I did check AlternativeTo, but haven't found anything promising so I just went with ZeeMaps. It's possible to export the data if someone comes up with a better alternative.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-25T21:20:35.993Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I mean in general. Clicking a confirmation link might not seem much, but when you multiply by every person every month it is. I suspect it would be more work than just fixing problems as they are found, but I might be underestimating the amount of problems that will be found I guess.

Most importantly, I don't want to risk people not participating because they don't want to be spammed. An alternative solution to consider is redoing the map every year, but I still feel it's unnecessary.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-24T20:17:44.943Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Regardless of how true what you're saying is, it all sounds like very weak reasons not to try. Some people find aversive to contact an stranger? Whatever, some don't. I'm sure there'll be plenty of people who won't hesitate in seizing an opportunity to meet a fellow LWer, especially if they live in less developed places where meeting interesting people is really hard.

A monthly mail confirmation sounds like more trouble than it's worth, and people might be put off by the spammy nature of it. I think fixing the map as people report problems is a better approach.

Honestly, your complaints sound like those of someone who already can meet interesting people and has little need for the map in the first place. I'm sure those who really need it won't have any problems with it. The map doesn't have to be perfect to be useful.

I'm interested in seeing how previous attempts went however. If you recall any others don't hesitate to tell me.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-24T01:58:48.690Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe. Or maybe it could be mentioned on the meetups page. I'm not the one to make that call.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-24T01:52:40.892Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Just contact me if you lose your URL. I'll delete the marker and you can make a new one.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-24T01:51:22.441Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I would expect that people move so rarely that the information would remain mostly up to date for years or even decades. Am I wrong?

I can also add a comment somewhere telling people to notify me if they tried to reach someone and failed. In that case I would try to contact the person to see what's up and, failing that, remove the marker myself.

Comment by acchan on Open thread, Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015 · 2015-02-23T14:56:12.302Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW

A few days back I made a ZeeMap for LessWrong and promised to post it in an Open Thread, so here it is: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1323143

It's basically a way of finding people that share a particular interest living nearby. There is no need to register - just add your marker and keep an eye out for someone living near you.

Comment by acchan on Sidekick Matchmaking · 2015-02-19T04:23:40.226Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

I'm going to post about this on an open thread later, but meanwhile I think it might be useful here.

I made a ZeeMap for LessWrong just yesterday: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1323143

A ZeeMap is a good way of finding people that share an interest living nearby. You add your location and contact information, and hope someone living near you sees it.