2012 Less Wrong Census/​Survey

11/​26: The sur­vey is now closed. Please do not take the sur­vey. Your re­sults will not be counted.

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.

The sur­vey will prob­a­bly re­main open for a month or so, but once again do not de­lay tak­ing the sur­vey just for the sake of the ex­tra credit ques­tions.

Please make things eas­ier for my com­puter and by ex­ten­sion me by read­ing all the in­struc­tions and by an­swer­ing any text ques­tions in the 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”.

Okay! Enough nit­picky rules! Time to take the...

2012 Less Wrong Cen­sus/​Survey

Thanks to ev­ery­one who sug­gested ques­tions and ideas for the 2012 Less Wrong Cen­sus Sur­vey. I re­gret I was un­able to take all of your sug­ges­tions into ac­count, be­cause some of them were con­tra­dic­tory, oth­ers were vague, and oth­ers would have re­quired me to provide two dozen an­swers and a the­sis pa­per worth of ex­plana­tory text for ev­ery ques­tion any­one might con­ceiv­ably mi­s­un­der­stand. But I did make about twenty changes based on the feed­back, and *most* of the sug­gested ques­tions have found their way into the text.

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.