OB Status Update

Fol­lowup to: Whither OB?

Over­com­ing Bias cur­rently plans to tran­si­tion to a new for­mat, in­clud­ing a new and more open sister site, ten­ta­tively en­ti­tled “Less Wrong”. The new site will be built out of Red­dit’s source code, but you won’t be limited to post­ing links—the new site will in­clude a WYSIWYG HTML ed­i­tor as well. All posts will ap­pear on Less Wrong and will be voted up or down by the read­ers. Posts ap­proved by the chief ed­i­tors will be “pro­moted” to Over­com­ing Bias, which will serve as the front page of Less Wrong.

Once the ini­tial site is up and run­ning, the next items on the agenda in­clude much bet­ter sup­port for read­ing through se­quences. And I’ll or­ga­nize more of my old posts (and per­haps some of Robin’s) into se­quences.

Threaded com­ments and com­ment vot­ing/​sort­ing are on the way. Anony­mous com­ment­ing may go away briefly (it’s not built into the Red­dit code­base) but I sus­pect it’s im­por­tant for at­tract­ing new par­ti­ci­pa­tion. So I do hope to bring back non-reg­is­tra­tion com­ment­ing, but it may go away for a while. On the plus side, you’ll only have to solve a captcha once when sign­ing up, not ev­ery time you post. And the 50-com­ment limit per page is on the way out as well.

Timeframe… the­o­ret­i­cally, one to two weeks of work left.

I’ve re­served a fi­nal se­quence on Build­ing Ra­tion­al­ist Com­mu­ni­ties to seed Less Wrong. Also, I doubt I could stop blog­ging com­pletely even if I tried. I don’t think Robin plans to stop com­pletely ei­ther. And it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that OB’s most pop­u­lar post ever was a reader con­tri­bu­tion. So don’t touch that dial, don’t un­sub­scribe that RSS feed. Ex­cit­ing changes on the way.

PS: Changes also un­der­way at the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute, my host or­ga­ni­za­tion. Although no for­mal an­nounce­ment has been made yet, Tyler Emer­son is de­part­ing as Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor and Michael Vas­sar is com­ing on board as Pres­i­dent. I men­tion this now be­cause Michael Vas­sar is usu­ally based out of the East Coast, but is in the Bay Area for only the next cou­ple of days, and any Bay Area folks se­ri­ously in­ter­ested in get­ting sig­nifi­cantly in­volved might want to take this op­por­tu­nity to talk to him and/​or me. Email michael no space aruna at ya­hoo dot com.