2013 Less Wrong Census/​Survey

It’s that time of year again.

If you are read­ing this post, and have not been sent here by some sort of con­spir­acy try­ing to throw off the sur­vey re­sults, then you are the tar­get pop­u­la­tion for the Less Wrong Cen­sus/​Sur­vey. Please take it. Doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t post much. Doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a lurker. Take the sur­vey.

This year’s cen­sus con­tains a “main sur­vey” that should take about ten or fif­teen min­utes, as well as a bunch of “ex­tra credit ques­tions”. You may do the ex­tra credit ques­tions if you want. You may skip all the ex­tra credit ques­tions if you want. They’re pretty long and not all of them are very in­ter­est­ing. But it is very im­por­tant that you not put off do­ing the sur­vey or not do the sur­vey at all be­cause you’re in­timi­dated by the ex­tra credit ques­tions.

It also con­tains a chance at win­ning a MONETARY REWARD at the bot­tom. You do not need to fill in all the ex­tra credit ques­tions to get the MONETARY REWARD, just make an hon­est stab at as much of the sur­vey as you can.

Please make things eas­ier for my com­puter and by ex­ten­sion me by read­ing all the in­struc­tions and by an­swer­ing any text ques­tions in the sim­plest and most ob­vi­ous pos­si­ble way. For ex­am­ple, if it asks you “What lan­guage do you speak?” please an­swer “English” in­stead of “I speak English” or “It’s English” or “English since I live in Canada” or “English (US)” or any­thing else. This will help me sort re­sponses quickly and eas­ily. Like­wise, if a ques­tion asks for a num­ber, please an­swer with a num­ber such as “4”, rather than “four”.

Last year there was some con­cern that the sur­vey pe­riod was too short, or too un­cer­tain. This year the sur­vey will re­main open un­til 23:59 PST De­cem­ber 31st 2013, so as long as you make time to take it some­time this year, you should be fine. Many peo­ple put it off last year and then for­got about it, so why not take it right now while you are read­ing this post?

Okay! Enough pre­limi­nar­ies! Time to take the...


2013 Less Wrong Cen­sus/​Survey


Thanks to ev­ery­one who sug­gested ques­tions and ideas for the 2013 Less Wrong Cen­sus/​Sur­vey. I re­gret I was un­able to take all of your sug­ges­tions into ac­count, be­cause of some limi­ta­tions in Google Docs, con­cern about sur­vey length, and con­tra­dic­tions/​du­pli­ca­tions among sug­ges­tions. I think I got most of them in, and oth­ers can wait un­til next year.

By an­cient tra­di­tion, if you take the sur­vey you may com­ment say­ing you have done so here, and peo­ple will up­vote you and you will get karma.