Is there enough interest in this community for a research/literature-oriented channel? I read lots of papers and quite often they’re relevant to this community, but I it doesn’t feel appropriate to overload #linking-together with academic writing. A dedicated channel could also be a place to help each other with copy editing, proofreading, informal peer-review, etc.
Nadia recently published a fantastic new essay on "Idea Machines: a network of operators, thinkers, and funders, centered around an ideology, that’s designed to turn ideas into outcomes." The main example she uses is "effective altruism". She also refers to the "tools for thought" community (which we are related to) as something that could turn into an idea machine.https://nadia.xyz/idea-machinesI think our community is fairly close to being an "idea machine". We are missing some funders (though we do have some), as well as a shared agenda (though we do have some). I personally intuit that we're just a small amount of branding (I never liked the name "future of coding" all that much, and yes I came up with it) away from the status of the "tools for thought" or even the "effective altruism" communities. I feel like our community needs to be easier to "point to" in the way one can point to EA.Any suggestions on branding or other structural changes we could do as a community to become more effective?
Related tangent – I've wondered if there should be a much wider notion of "two-minute-week" – for instance, I'm not ready to post videos and show+tell – but would I post a little microblog update? No, because I'll just end up talking in a private sort of language that no one understands. But should I do that anyway?
Think about the original twitter status update, how it was a still-undefined format. Lunch and what's on tv and headed out and reading X, all became the first announcements. There weren't pictures of peoples' lunches back then!
I've often felt this same thing. #share-your-work and #two-minute-week feel like very structured places. #thinking-together and #linking-together have their own purposes. I've often wanted a place where I can share what I'm up to or thinking about without feeling the need to meet some bar.Now maybe its best that we don't do that. Maybe it is just noise. But since someone else mentioned it, I wanted to post about it. I was thinking something along the lines of #devlog-together. Only structure I might suggest is that people should post at most 1 top-level post per day.I know something like this would encourage me to share more. Would I share every day, probably not. But it would be a place I could share things that I don't feel meet the bar of those other channels.Thoughts? Good idea? Or just noise?
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Curious how y’all added the descriptions on the Slack emoji responses? I did some googling but couldn’t find any info, and couldn’t find anything in Slack preferences in a workspace where I’m an admin (maybe it’s featured flagged?).Looks like a really clear way to make sure people understand intent when others are emoji’n their posts!