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How should omnilibrium look like in a year?

ChristianKl          11 May 2015 06:23 AM

At the moment this website is owned anonymously and closed source. If the goal of this website is to be bigger it would be good to have a named authority to be in charge of it. It would also be good if it would be clear when that person particpates in discussions. I'll use cleonid (which was the LW nick that announced this project) for this post. cleonid, do you want to be a startup? Otherwise putting the code on github under the GPL and allowing collaborative editing would be very worthwhile. Even as a startup open source might be a good move. It didn't hurt Reddit. As far as growth goes, should we advertise this forum at other places? If so, when should we do it? PS: Thanks for providing this "Brief description" box.

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Dahlen 15 May 2015 11:57 PM

Hopefully, it would have a higher and more active membership, a better rating system and/or more data for the calibration of the already existent system, better formatting by category or topic and more user-friendly threading, user profiles (wherein users could give a briefing on their positions, so everybody knows the deal with everybody else), more aesthetically pleasing site design, and... sooner or later, something amounting to rules or moderators. (Politics is inherently a troll magnet.)

Personally, I'd like to see its membership draw on the LW-sphere (Slate Star Codex, the OB crowd and other rationalists). Many people in the rationalist crowd have their own blogs where they discuss politics and related topics, but so far there hasn't been any forum-style community for this. Maybe with Omnilibrium we could change this.


admin 11 May 2015 02:09 PM

Planning a year ahead might be a bit premature. The website was opened only a week ago, and already several changes in its format have been made based on the users’ feedback.

Btw, an option to erase comments has been added today (for comments that have no replies).


ChristianKl 11 May 2015 05:05 PM

Strategic decisions are important. Having a perspective matters for deciding how much effort to invest in making this community a success.


Fwiffo 26 May 2015 10:23 AM

I imagine we would have some kind of discussion culture formed. Maybe 200-400 debates and articles (or somewhat more?). Hopefully the member participation rate would be growing, but I don't think it needs to have grown a great deal.