LWC19 Database Data Entry Form
The LessWrong Engineering Team and Elizabeth Van Nostrand are building a public links database about the coronavirus, to help people find important information, do research, and keep up to date on our collective state of knowledge.
At the time of writing it is getting traffic similar to the total of LessWrong, with 50-100 users active on the sheet at any given time. That’s a lot of attention, and we want to make the best use of it.
For the database to be useful, it’s primary service is in being reliably up-to-date, and that needs regular work from people who care about ensuring information sources like this exist. Thank you for contributing! We update the database daily, you should see your link added tomorrow.
Pick the best one. Pick other if the link doesn't make sense for any of the others.
Progression & Outcome
Spread & Prevention
Work & Donate
**The 5-word description.**
This is the main thing people will read about this URL.
Don't spend more than 10-20 seconds on this.
(1) *Keep it as short as you can.* It doesn't have to literally be 5 words, but aim to give people just enough information to know whether they want to look further into the link and no more.
(2) *Make it a unique description.* (There are many things called "What to do about the coronavirus", try to mention what's different about this one.)
(3) *Avoid sensationalist phrasing or moralising language.* The news media and many twitter-people often use this in the titles, so avoid them. Also avoid attempts to force the conclusion on the reader, just simply describe the topic/data/etc.
Go into a bit more detail about what's in the post. If you can, state the key claim the link makes, or what’s important about the link. Copy pasting the results from a scientific paper often suffices. Max 200 characters.
Further Thoughts (Optional)
Share anything you want to say about the link that doesn’t go elsewhere. Optional. Keep it to 3 lines. Sample uses: “Here’s some evidence that contradicts this”, “Here are some problems with the study design”, “My gut says that this is especially trustworthy”.You don’t need to spend time thinking about this column. If the words don’t spontaneously form while you’re reading the OP, just leave it blank.
Don’t worry too much about getting it exactly right. If it seems like none of the types remotely make sense, hit 'other' and make one up.
1st person report
1st person report/Medical
This helps people track where good information is coming from. It also helps give context for meaty links (e.g. a tweet/comment summarising why they matter.) If this is a private group, give the general domain e.g.
. No answer if it was, say, word-of-mouth.
Give the date when the linked post was written / last updated, in the format MM-DD-YYYY. If it’s automatically updating then write “Daily”. If it gives no indication then give today's date.
Name / Opening Sentence
This is where the actual title of the link goes, if it has one. This helps people search the spreadsheet. If it doesn’t have a title, pick the most likely title people would search for it with (e.g. “Metaculus Pandemic Forecasting Platform”). If it’s a tweet or FB post, use the first proper sentence as the title. This is ugly but easy to search for.
Your name / identifier?
So we know who you are, can talk to you and thank you later. (If you prefer anonymity, write 'anon'.)
How to contact you?
You only need to answer this once.
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