Why do people see Mars as a better target for human colonization than the Moon? Most comments on lunar colonization seem to refer to two facts:
the Moon has quite low gravity, so it cannot maintain an atmosphere for a long period of time.
the Moon has no magnetic field, so it will not protect us from solar radiation.
In my mind, both of these problems can be solved by a ceiling or dome structure. The ceiling both retains the atmosphere and also blocks harmful radiation. Note that a failure in the ceiling won’t be catastrophic: the atmosphere won’t drain rapidly, and the amount of radiation exposure per unit time isn’t disastrously high even without the ceiling.
First, I appreciate the work people have done to make LW 2 happen. Here are my notes:
Strong feeling—the links and descriptions of the Sequences, the Codex, and HPMOR (while good) should not be at the top of the page. The top should be the newest material.
Please please please include a “hide subthread” option to collapse a comment and all its responses. That is a dealbreaker for me, if a site doesn’t have that feature, I won’t read the comments.
Current LW has a really nice alternating color scheme for comment/reply. One comment will have a grey background, the comment below it will have a beige background. That is a key feature for visually parsing a comment thread.
I liked the concept of having a main section and a discussion section, where the bar for posting in the latter is lower. For whatever reason, people seem to get angry if you post something that they feel is low quality or not relevant.
I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but somehow I don’t quite like the default font. It may be that I like a different font for reading on dead tree paper vs on a computer screen?
It may be slightly evil, but the karma display on the right side of the screen makes the site more addictive, because people love to see if they get upvotes or comment replies.
It seems weird to allow people to upvote/downvote an article right from the home page, do you really want people to vote for an article without reading it?