LessWrong talk:Community Portal

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Welcome to the LessWrong wiki. I'm not an admin, I'm just being bold(I know, wrong wiki but I think it's a good concept to import here). I thought I'll start the ball roling by writing something on this page.

So here are some question to the admins:

-What do you want us(non admins) to do?

Fill in content mainly, but any contribution is appreciated. BJR

-Is there any work to be done for the wiki other than adding articles?

Add posts or summaries to Overcoming Bias. BJR

-What ideas qualify as being article worthy?

Err on the side of inclusion right now. Any reoccurring concept, phrase, or scenario in OB/LW or in the broader rationality community is worthy of an article. However, if a concept is very standard, don't duplicate effort. Rely on standard sources like Wikipedia instead. -BJR

-Do ideas have to come from OB and LW or can we add eg. Paul Graham stuff?

Please add anything relevant. While the wiki obviously features LW specific content, it should be as outward looking as possible. -BJR

-Could you keep us informed of progress from a central location?

Either the Wiki Projects or Wiki Priorities page will likely fulfill this role. Those two pages will probably be consolidated into one. -BJR

-Also we need coordination from a central location. Perhaps on this page.

The forums on the previous wiki did not completely import, but they might fulfill this role. Either way, the community portal will be the starting place for large scale projects and coordination. -BJR

-How about a faq?

We have a FAQ, although it is specific to the blog and commenting system at the moment. We can add a section of general wiki questions. -BJR

-How about a page to submit questions for the faq?

Talk:FAQ is the best place at the moment. -BJR

--KP 22:19, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Resolving arguments

How are the arguments over editing usually resolved? For example, we with KP are having a debate, I think his idea is silly, he insists that it must go through. What's to be done? --Vladimir Nesov 00:40, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

I don't know. I have no prior experience as an admin, although I would be happy to moderate disputes as best I could. My favored solution to major debates is to put an article that needs work up for discussion on the blog, like I proposed here. That way, we can get a broad consensus about what is accurate and understandable, even including those who might not contribute to the wiki otherwise. BJR 01:11, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Maybe the disputes can be accumulated, with disputed info taken down from the wiki in the meantime, and then presented on the blog all together. There should be a page for submitting a conflict description then, to be collected from for the blog. It requires more disputes though, one point is too petty. --Vladimir Nesov 11:51, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
I like that. The wiki shouldn't impose on the blog too much, but maybe once a week there can be a post featuring one article in need of development and any ongoing disputes for discussion. BJR 17:17, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
I like it. --KP 00:25, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Suspect user accounts

If you look at the new user list you'll see that a suspiciously high number take the form <Firstname initial lastname randomletter> though the initial seems optional. Anyway, I don't know what nefarious purpose these are being set up for. Frost Shock Level 4 11:47, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

JM4 revert edit

G'day JM4, I just changed your edit - I meant no offense, but the part I removed made me nervous. We may well have to protect edits to those pages some time anyway, but at the moment I feel a little better if it's harder to find out that they are there and what evil can be wrought through them. If you disagree and revert my edit I won't object.--Matt 01:07, 21 March 2012 (UTC)