History of Less Wrong
In February 2009, Yudkowsky's posts were used as the seed material to create the community blog LessWrong, and Overcoming Bias became Hanson's personal blog. Some users were recruited via Eliezer's transhumanist [SL4] mailing list.
The site's uses Reddit-style infrastructure. The ongoing community blog materials lead to significant growth and interest over the following years. At its peak it had over 15,000 pageviews a day.
During this period, popular fan-fiction HPMOR was started and finished.
Around 2013, many core members of the community stopped posting on Less Wrong, because of both increased growth of the Bay Area physical community and increased demands and opportunities from other projects. MIRI's support base grew to the point where Eliezer could focus on AI research instead of community-building, Center for Applied Rationality worked on development of new rationality techniques and rationality education mostly offline, and prominent writers left to their own blogs where they could develop their own voice without asking if it was within the bounds of Less Wrong. Collectively some of this diaspora forms the 'rationalist movement'.
Some other prominent ideas to grow out of the lesswrong community (by members of the community's actions) include:
Lesswrong is still active and activity can also be found in the diaspora communities:
- List of Blogs
- Less Wrong meetup groups
- List of communities
- Less Wrong users on twitter
- Less Wrong users on tumblr
- Less Wrongers on Facebook (no one has made a comprehensive list, but here's Eliezer)
- Study Hall
- Less Wrong IRC Chatroom
As of 2016 the community is far less active than it once was. The forum's stands, but submissions are down. The wiki has low traction and it is potentially in need to streamlining around remaining activity rather than its former glories.