Excuse me, would you like to take a survey?

Re­lated to: Prac­ti­cal Ra­tion­al­ity Questionnaire

Here among this com­mu­nity of prior-us­ing, Au­mann-be­liev­ing ra­tio­nal­ists, it is a bit strange that we don’t have any good mea­sure of what the com­mu­nity thinks about cer­tain things.

I no longer place much cre­dence in raw ma­jori­tar­i­anism: the ma­jor­ity is too un­e­d­u­cated, too sus­cep­ti­ble to the Dark Arts, and too vuln­er­a­ble to cog­ni­tive bi­ases. If I had to choose the peo­ple whose mean opinion I trusted most, it would be—all of you.

So, at the risk of peo­ple get­ting sur­veyed-out, I’d like to run a sur­vey on the stuff Anna Sala­mon didn’t. Part on de­mo­graph­ics, part on opinions, and part on the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the two.

I’ve already put up an in­com­plete rough draft of the sur­vey I’d like to use, but I’ll post it here again. Re­mem­ber, this is an in­com­plete rough draft sur­vey. DO NOT FILL IT OUT YET. YOUR SURVEY WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

In­com­plete rough draft of sur­vey

Right now what I want from peo­ple is more in­ter­est­ing ques­tions that you want asked. Any ques­tion that you want to know the Less Wrong con­sen­sus on. Please post each ques­tion as a sep­a­rate com­ment, and up­vote any ques­tion that you’re also in­ter­ested in. I’ll in­clude as many of the top-scor­ing ques­tions as I think peo­ple can be both­ered to an­swer.

No need to in­clude ques­tions already on the sur­vey, al­though if you re­ally hate them you can sug­gest their un-in­clu­sion or re-phras­ing.

Also im­por­tant: how con­cerned are you about pri­vacy? I was think­ing about re­leas­ing the raw data later in case other peo­ple wanted to perform their own analy­ses, but it might be pos­si­ble to iden­tify spe­cific peo­ple if you knew enough about them. Are there any peo­ple who would be com­fortable giv­ing such data if only one per­son were to see the data, but un­com­fortable with it if the data were pub­li­cally ac­cessible?