Matthew1970's Answer to What are the editorial protocols for Stampy questions and answers?

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Matthew1970's Answer to What are the editorial protocols for Stampy questions and answers?

Questions are: (i) contributed by online users or Stampy editors via the Stampy Wiki; or (ii) scraped from online content (various AI-alignment-related FAQs as well as the comments sections of certain AI Alignment YouTube videos).

The scraped content is currently a secondary concern, but this crude process of aggregation will eventually be streamlined into a reliable source of human-editable questions and answers.

Questions are reviewed by Stampy editors, who decide if: (i) they're duplicates of existing questions (the criterion being that the answer to the existing question would be fully satisfactory to the asker of the new question); (ii) they're sufficiently within the scope of the Stampy project.

We are working on using semantic search to suggest possible duplicates.

If they meet these two criterion, questions are added to a list of canonical questions.

A rating system allows editors to assign quality levels "Meh"/"Unreviewed"/"Approved"/"Good"/"Excellent" in order the questions on Answer questions, so that the most important questions can be worked on first.

Answers to canonical questions can be contributed via the Stampy Wiki by online users or by Stampy editors directly, at which point the question is added to a list of "answered canonical questions"

Editors can attempt to improve a contributed answer, and/or can "stamp" it to indicate their approval, adding to its "stamp score".


Once the answer to a canonical question gets a sufficiently high stamp score it gets added to a list of canonical answers (to canonical questions).

These canonical question/answer pairs are then ready to be served to the user interface. In order for them to become visible there, though, they must be associated with existing canonical question/answer pairs in one of two ways: RELATED or FOLLOWUP. Any editor can improve these relationships, either based on tags or their own understanding of what a reader might want to know. Questions should aim to have 2-5 related + followups generally, although exceptions can be made.

If Questions B is RELATED to Question A, it will slide in below Question A on the UI page when Question A is clicked on, provided that if it is not already present on the page.

If Question B is FOLLOWUP to Question A, it will always slide in below Question A when Question A is clicked on, even if it is already present on the UI page.

A and B being RELATED questions can be thought of as a kind of conceptual adjacency. If a user is interested to know the answer to A, they'll probably be interested in the answer to B too, and vice versa. Reading these in either order should make roughly the same amount of sense to the average user.

Question B being FOLLOWUP to Question A can be thought of in terms of progressive knowledge: the answer to B will only really make sense to the average user if they have read the answer to A first. This is also used for letting Stampy ask clarifying questions to direct readers to the right part of his knowledge graph.


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