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2017-Early Report 1 — Less Wrong Survey

2017-Early Report 1

 

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Profession

“What do you currently do?”

Philosophy0
Finance / Economics3
Statistics0
Computers (AI)7
Computers (other academic, computer science)7
Computers (practical: IT, programming, etc.)32
Physics2
Biology1
Medicine1
Mathematics5
Neuroscience1
Other "hard science"0
Psychology0
Other "social science"3
Engineering2
Business6
Law3
Art0
Other11
No answer given9

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LW2Exists

“Before starting this survey, were you aware of the existence of LW 2.0 as a community initiative?”

Yes 63
No 24
No answer given6

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LW2Mission

“Of the provided options, which of these is closest to how you would define the proper mission of a LessWrong 2.0?”

Refining the art of human rationality. i.e. Improving the general science of thinking well. (http://lesswrong.com/about/)39
Raising the sanity waterline. i.e. Popularizing the general science of thinking well. (https://www.readthesequences.com/RaisingTheSanityWaterline)31
Ensuring that human values are fulfilled in the far future, i.e. X-Risk mitigation. (https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/what-is-rationalist-berkleys-community-culture/#comment-491)4
To ensure smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact. (https://intelligence.org/).2
Fulfill the needs of and provide a socially safe space for the existing members of the community. (https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/the-craft-is-not-the-community/)9
No answer given8

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LW2MissionDonations

“How much money would you be willing to donate to an organization if it achieved the following level of effectiveness at your desired mission for LessWrong 2.0:

Plausible Future Achievement (No progress yet, eg. organization is new but seems competent)

Slight Achievement (Small amount of concrete measurable progress made, but no major breakthroughs or milestones crossed)

Moderate Achievement (One or two significant milestones, 'serious player' stage)

High Achievement (Several or more milestones, possibly one of the more prestigious organizations in its category)

Exceptional Achievement (So effective that it can singlehandedly accomplish its mission across society)

LW2Effectiveness

“Do you think that the LessWrong 2.0 effort, from what you know of it, will make significant progress on the mission you would like to see for it?”

Yes 26
No 52
No answer given15

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LW2SocialVSGoals

“Is it fundamentally important to you that the 'rationality movement' ever produces a measurable increase in general sanity? (i.e, if you were shown conclusive proof it will not you would likely leave)”

Yes 29
No 53
No answer given11

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LW2Celebrity

“Would you use this forum if it were hosted by…

… Eliezer Yudkowsky (and he was an active presence)?”

Yes 40
No 53

… Scott Alexander (and he was an active presence)?”

Yes 45
No 48

… Gwern Branwen (and he was an active presence)?”

Yes 30
No 63

… nobody in particular?”

Yes 30
No 63

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LW2AdjacentContent

“Which of the following things have you done on rationalist-adjacent blogs and content in the last month? Check all that apply.

Comment on a blog post

Yes 44
No 49

Share a post on LessWrong

Yes 5
No 88

Comment on LessWrong

Yes 19
No 74

Read a long post (2+ paragraphs) made on facebook or tumblr

Yes 66
No 27

Read a post on a blog

Yes 73
No 20

Read a sequence or series of posts on a blog

Yes 46
No 47

Read a sequence or series of posts on LessWrong

Yes 23
No 70

Write a long post (2+ paragraphs) on facebook or tumblr

Yes 21
No 72

Write a blog post

Yes 20
No 73

Write a post on LessWrong

Yes 3
No 90

Share a post on facebook/tumblr

Yes 23
No 70

Share a post on a blog

Yes 8
No 85

Post a link to a news aggregator

Yes 6
No 87

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ReferredBy

“How did you find LessWrong?”

Been here since it was started in the Overcoming Bias days14
Referred by a link10
HPMOR21
Overcoming Bias8
Referred by a friend8
Referred by a search engine3
Referred by other fiction1
Slate Star Codex4
Reddit2
Common Sense Atheism2
Hacker News1
Gwern2
Other8
No answer given9

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LWReferTendency

“Would you be likely to recommend LessWrong to a friend?”

Yes 56
No 23
No answer given14

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LWReferTendencyWhy

“If you wouldn't recommend LessWrong to a friend, why not?”

They wouldn't be interested in the content. (eg. Find it boring, too long, etc.)7
I'd be embarrassed. (eg. People are too weird, etc.)7
They've already heard of it and are fiercely ideologically opposed on some ground.4
Eliezer Yudkowsky's writing style would offend/annoy/etc them.3
It's dead. (eg. Few discussions, lack of updates, etc.)14
It's outdated. Would rather link SlateStarCodex, readthesequences.com, etc.10
Failure to deliver progress on core mission.2

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LessWrongUse

“How do you use Less Wrong?”

I lurk, but never registered an account25
I've registered an account, but never posted6
I've posted a comment, but never a top-level post25
I've posted in Discussion, but not Main21
I've posted in Main8
No answer given8

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LWUseFrequency

“How often do you comment on LessWrong?”

I have commented more than once a week for the past year.2
I have commented more than once a month for the past year but less than once a week.8
I have commented but less than once a month for the past year.25
I have not commented this year.49
No answer given9

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LWLastPosted

“How long since you last posted on LessWrong?”

I wrote one today.1
Within the last three days.2
Within the last week.1
Within the last month.8
Within the last three months.5
Within the last six months.5
Within the last year.5
Within the last five years.17
Longer than five years.1
I've never posted on LW.37
No answer given11

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Sequences

“About how much of the Sequences—the collection of Eliezer Yudkowsky's original posts—have you read? You can find a list of them here.”

Never knew they existed until this moment1
Knew they existed, but never looked at them4
Some, but less than 25%4
About 25%6
About 50%9
About 75%22
All or almost all39
No answer given8

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Meetups

“Do you attend Less Wrong meetups?”

Yes, regularly16
Yes, once or a few times23
No46
No answer given8

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Community

“Is physical interaction with the Less Wrong community otherwise a part of your everyday life, for example do you live with other Less Wrongers, or you are close friends and frequently go out with them?”

Yes, all the time20
Yes, sometimes12
No53
No answer given8

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ComingBack

“Would you consider rejoining LessWrong?”

I never left31
Yes24
Yes, but only under certain conditions18
No8
No answer given12

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EAIdentity

“Do you self-identify as an Effective Altruist?”

Yes 38
No 44
No answer given11

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EACommunity

“Do you participate in the Effective Altruism community?”

Yes 26
No 53
No answer given14

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