Boomers guide till online dating

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This Generation - with WOL references

2020.08.08 03:39 tooandahalf This Generation - with WOL references

Someone asked on here about references to WOL for "this generation"
I tried to format this in a manner that might be something that could be shared with a PIMI. I sent something similar to couple people from an anonymous email address saying I was doing personal study and was having trouble understanding this issue. Unsurprisingly they never got back to me. Funny how quotes from WOL taken in context can become apostate.
This is reworded to be more formal than what I sent. This is a mashup of a few sources including JWfacts and the flipflop doctrine, but I removed any references that don’t appear on WOL so all things can be linked.
Edit: There are two versions of the generation teaching that occur prior to 1950 but since there is not references on WOL that might send up apostate alarms, so those are not included in this list.
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Brother Splane explained the overlapping generation in the broadcast as being the people that saw the events of 1914, and those contemporaries who knew that first group of people. Fred Franz was used as an example. Fred Franz lived to 99 years of age, dying in 1992. The group that knew Brother Franz would have been anointed in 1992 at the latest and been a contemporary of his to be part of “This Generation”.
If that second part of the overlapping generation lived as long as Brother Franz, this system could go on until 2071 potentially. That’s a length of a single generation totaling 178 years.
Something that Brother Splane didn’t mention was that Brother Russel would have to be included in “this generation” because he witnessed the events of 1914. He also overlapped with Brother Franz. Russell was born in 1852 and died in 1916. That means “this generation” could potentially be 219 years long.
If you are 20 years old today that would mean you would be part of the same generation as someone born in 1822 or 1781.
What does the Bible say about a generation and how long it lasts?
Matthew 1:17: The same book where Jesus referred to "this generation". For each of the three set each father son and grandson is a distinct generation. There are no overlapping generations. If you tally up the time for each of these 14 generations and divide to see the average you get the following.
17 All the generations, then, from Abraham until David were 14 generations; from David until the deportation to Babylon,+ 14 generations; from the deportation to Babylon until the Christ, 14 generations.
Genesis 50:22: 110/3 is 37 years. The father and son are listed as two generations.
22 And Joseph continued to dwell in Egypt, he and the household of his father, and Joseph lived for 110 years. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Eʹphra·im’s sons,+ also the sons of Maʹchir,+ Ma·nasʹseh’s son. They were born upon Joseph’s knees.*
Jehovah had the Israelites wander in the wilderness for 40 years until the generation had died, but their children would inherit the promised land. If overlapping generations were applied the Israelite children would be babies to teens, after 40 years they would be in their 40s to late 50s when they went into the promised land. If ‘this generation’ meant contemporaries and an overlapping generation then it would have needed to be for much longer until all the kids died in the wilderness too.
Deuteronomy 2:14: 38 years and similar to the wandering in the wilderness above
The time it took us to walk from Kaʹdesh-barʹne·a until we crossed the Valley* of Zeʹred was 38 years, until the entire generation of the men of war had perished from the camp, just as Jehovah had sworn to them.
Job 42:16: 140/4=35 years. Each generation is a generation not overlapping and the time is pretty close to the other scriptures
16 After this Job lived for 140 years, and he saw his children and his grandchildren—four generations
Watchtower 2004 talks about prophecy being fulfilled for the Israelites in Egypt and how they were rescued in 4 generations.
The Israelites were well received in Egypt in the days of Jacob’s son Joseph. The Egyptians later subjected them to brutal slave labor, but true to God’s promise, within a period of four overlapping generations from the time they entered Egypt, these descendants of Abraham were liberated from Egyptian bondage.*
If that same overlapping definition were used it would have been maybe one generation. There can be generations that exist at the same time obviously but not be part of the same generation. Boomers, Millennials and Zoomers are all alive at the same time but they’re not the same generation.
Jerusalem was destroyed 37 years after Jesus said this generation will not pass away.
What does the Watchtower say about this though that might explain it better?
Here’s the list of explanations on “this generation” on Watchtower Online Library.
1951 Watchtower: This generation = worldly people who were alive in 1914.
The actual meaning of these words is, beyond question, that which takes a “generation” in the ordinary sense, as at Mark 8:12 and Acts 13:36, or for those who are living at the given period. So it was on “this generation” that the accumulated judgments were to fall. (Matt. 23:36) This therefore means that from 1914 a generation shall not pass till all is fulfilled, and amidst a great time of trouble.
1952 Watchtower: the same teaching.
Some persons living A.D. 1914 when the series of foretold events began will also be living when the series ends with Armageddon. All the events will come within the span of a generation. There are hundreds of millions of persons living now that were living in 1914, and many millions of these persons could yet live a score or more years. Just when the lives of the majority of them will be cut short by Armageddon we cannot say.
1954 Watchtower: the same teaching
“Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.” What a consoling fact that is! All these things would happen in one generation! The sudden worsening of world conditions since World War I, which broke out forty years ago, was here foretold to end within one generation, within the lifetime of people who are now at least 40 years old!
1971 Awake: same teaching
How long a period of time is covered by the “last days”? Jesus limited it at most to ‘one generation’ from beginning to end. (Matt. 24:34) This means that some persons who saw the beginning of the “last days” in 1914 would live to see the end. That end will come when God displays his almighty power to crush out of existence the prevailing wicked system of things.—Dan. 2:44.
1975 Watchtower: same teaching and it states there’s no doubt this is correct.
22 When will it be, then, that the Son of man comes with destructive power to cleanse this earth of all who love the way of unrighteousness? Jesus himself answers: “Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.” (Matt. 24:34; Mark 13:30) Which “generation” is that? The one that has witnessed the events in fulfillment of prophecy since 1914 C.E. There is no doubt about the truthfulness of what Jesus said. Forcefully he added: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.”—Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31; compare Matthew 5:18.
1978 Watchtower (change): This generation = Christians (Witnesses) and not worldly people who saw 1914. This did not apply to babies.
This helps us to understand “generation” in Matthew 24:34. In common English usage today “generation” might be used for (1) all persons who were born and who live about the same time, or (2) the average span between the birth of parents and that of their children, usually 20 to 30 years. Which did Jesus mean? Obviously not the latter, for in its first application the “generation” ran from 33 C.E. until 70 C.E., or at least 37 years.
Also, it is evident that by the word “generation” Jesus did not mean just the Jewish children born in 33 C.E. Luke relates that after being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom was coming, Jesus told his disciples: “[The Son of man] must undergo many sufferings and be rejected by this generation.” (Luke 17:20-25) That rejection certainly was not by newborn babies. Likewise, the way things worked out shows that the “generation” he spoke of in Matthew 24:34 included his listeners and others who could discern the fulfillment of his words from 33 C.E. onward until Jerusalem’s destruction.
Thus, when it comes to the application in our time, the “generation” logically would not apply to babies born during World War I. It applies to Christ’s followers and others who were able to observe that war and the other things that have occurred in fulfillment of Jesus’ composite “sign.” Some of such persons “will by no means pass away until” all of what Christ prophesied occurs, including the end of the present wicked system.
1980 Watchtower: The same BUT specifies that ‘this generation’ could include people that saw an event maybe as young as 10.
What, then, is the “generation” that “will by no means pass away until all these things occur”? It does not refer to a period of time, which some have tried to interpret as 30, 40, 70 or even 120 years, but, rather, it refers to people, the people living at the “beginning of pangs of distress” for this condemned world system. It is the generation of people who saw the catastrophic events that broke forth in connection with World War I from 1914 onward.
As indicated by an article on page 56 of U.S. News & World Report of January 14, 1980, “If you assume that 10 is the age at which an event creates a lasting impression on a person’s memory,” then there are today more than 13 million Americans who have a “recollection of World War I.” And if the wicked system of this world survived until the turn of the century, which is highly improbable in view of world trends and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, there would still be survivors of the World War I generation. However, the fact that their number is dwindling is one more indication that “the conclusion of the system of things” is moving fast toward its end.
1984 Watchtower (slight change): The same BUT ‘this generation’ now DOES include babies.
If Jesus used “generation” in that sense and we apply it to 1914, then the babies of that generation are now 70 years old or older. And others alive in 1914 are in their 80’s or 90’s, a few even having reached a hundred. There are still many millions of that generation alive. Some of them “will by no means pass away until all things occur.”—Luke 21:32.
1988 Awake: This article defines the Greek word for generation. Seems that should be what Jesus meant, since that’s the word he used. The Greek word refers to people born at the same time or witnessing the same event. So a generation could here be the length of a human life span so 70-80 years. That would mean there could be an overlapping generation, but it would ONLY work with Brother Russell’s older generation and Brother Franz’s younger generation, and not anyone born after 1914 (therefore none of the current Governing Body could be included.)
How Long Can a Generation Last?
The American Legion Magazine pointed out that 4,743,826 U.S. men and women had participated in World War I. But in 1984 only 272,000 remained alive, and they were dying off at an average of nine every hour. Does that mean, then, that the generation of 1914 has already disappeared?
The Greek word for generation is geneá, used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke in their accounts of Jesus’ words. It can have different applications according to the context. However, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology defines it as: “Those born at the same time . . . Associated with this is the meaning: the body of one’s contemporaries, an age.” A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament states: “The sum total of those born at the same time, expanded to include all those living at a given time generation, contemporaries.” These definitions allow for all those who were born around the time of a historic event and all those who were alive at that time.
J. A. Bengel states in his New Testament Word Studies: “The Hebrews . . . reckon seventy-five years as one generation, and the words, shall not pass away, intimate that the greater part of that generation [of Jesus’ day] indeed, but not the whole of it, should have passed away before all should be fulfilled.” This became true by the year 70 C.E. when Jerusalem was destroyed.
Likewise today, most of the generation of 1914 has passed away. However, there are still millions on earth who were born in that year or prior to it. And although their numbers are dwindling, Jesus’ words will come true, “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” This is yet another reason for believing that Jehovah’s thieflike day is imminent. So, what events should alert Christians watch for?
1988 Watchtower: The same. Also the article says it is definitely one generation of the above definition b(not overlapping) and those people from 1914.
Might it be, though, that the sign could occur over the span of many human generations? No. The sign is to occur during one particular generation. The same generation that witnessed the beginning of the sign will also witness its climax in “a tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation.” Three historians, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, recorded Jesus’ assurance of this.—Mark 13:19,30; Matthew 24:13, 21, 22, 34; Luke 21:28, 32.
There is, however, the danger of becoming impatient. Seventy-four years have passed since the outbreak of World War I in 1914. From a human viewpoint, this may seem a very long time. But some eagle-eyed Christians who saw World War I are still very much alive. Their generation has not passed away.
1995 Watchtower (change): This generation = not a group of people or a length of time, but people of similar characteristics and it now applies to worldly people. ‘This Generation’ now doesn't have to do with 1914 specifically but that people would have a similar attitude after that. It also included worldly people again because they are called blind guides. It also specifies that a generation should not be used to count time to estimate when the system will end, but that it is a historical period. This is a complete change from earlier definitions, all of which had definite periods, and all of which were used to show how soon the end of the system was.
Eager to see the end of this evil system, Jehovah’s people have at times speculated about the time when the “great tribulation” would break out, even tying this to calculations of what is the lifetime of a generation since 1914. However, we “bring a heart of wisdom in,” not by speculating about how many years or days make up a generation, but by thinking about how we “count our days” in bringing joyful praise to Jehovah. (Psalm 90:12) Rather than provide a rule for measuring time, the term “generation” as used by Jesus refers principally to contemporary people of a certain historical period, with their identifying characteristics.*
  1. What does a history professor write about “the generation of 1914,” and how does this tie in with Jesus’ prophecy?
7 In line with the above, professor of history Robert Wohl wrote in his book The Generation of 1914: “A historical generation is not defined by its chronological limits . . . It is not a zone of dates.”
Therefore, in the final fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy today, “this generation” apparently refers to the peoples of earth who see the sign of Christ’s presence but fail to mend their ways.
Another excerpt.
18 What, then, is the “generation” so frequently referred to by Jesus in the presence of his disciples? What did they understand by his words: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur”? Surely, Jesus was not departing from his established use of the term “this generation,” which he consistently applied to the contemporary masses with their “blind guides” who together made up the Jewish nation. (Matthew 15:14) “This generation” experienced all the distress foretold by Jesus and then passed away in an unequaled “great tribulation” on Jerusalem.
1997 Watchtower: The same. Again, the article says that we shouldn’t count time from 1914 to see how close the end, even if that’s what was done in all references pre-1995. The current definition of ‘this generation’ has no definitive end date and could last indefinitely.
With similar sincere intentions, God’s servants in modern times have tried to derive from what Jesus said about “generation” some clear time element calculated from 1914. For instance, one line of reasoning has been that a generation can be 70 or 80 years, made up of people old enough to grasp the significance of the first world war and other developments; thus we can calculate more or less how near the end is.
However well-meaning such thinking was, did it comply with the advice Jesus went on to give? Jesus said: “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. . . . Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”—Matthew 24:36-42.
So the recent information in The Watchtower about “this generation” did not change our understanding of what occurred in 1914. But it did give us a clearer grasp of Jesus’ use of the term “generation,” helping us to see that his usage was no basis for calculating—counting from 1914—how close to the end we are.
2008 Watchtower (change): This Generation = All anointed people on Earth who can/could discern the sign of Jesus’ return. There is no an end date, just before there are no more anointed. ‘This generation’ could continue indefinitely.
15 Those without spiritual understanding today have felt that there has been no “striking observableness” with regard to the sign of Jesus’ presence. They reason that everything is continuing on as it did in the past. (2 Pet. 3:4) On the other hand, Christ’s faithful anointed brothers, the modern-day John class, have recognized this sign as if it were a flash of lightning and have understood its true meaning. As a class, these anointed ones make up the modern-day “generation” of contemporaries that will not pass away “until all these things occur.”* This suggests that some who are Christ’s anointed brothers will still be alive on earth when the foretold great tribulation begins.
2010 Watchtower (change): This Generation = The current understanding. This generation is two overlapping generations. There is now a cut off again because the end must come before the second group of anointed dies off and once again the nearness of the end of the system can be guessed at. This version goes back three version to the understanding in 1988, but in addition adds the overlapping second set of anointed. From 1951 to now ‘this generation’ went from applying to worldly people to the anointed to worldly to anointed once again.
14 What does this explanation mean to us? Although we cannot measure the exact length of “this generation,” we do well to keep in mind several things about the word “generation”: It usually refers to people of varying ages whose lives overlap during a particular time period; it is not excessively long; and it has an end. (Ex. 1:6) How, then, are we to understand Jesus’ words about “this generation”? He evidently meant that the lives of the anointed who were on hand when the sign began to become evident in 1914 would overlap with the lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation. That generation had a beginning, and it surely will have an end.
The Insight book says a generation commonly refers to all persons who were born about the same time.
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2019.04.05 00:55 DragonGod2718 Monthly Report Part 2: April Prospective

Monthly Report Part 2: April Prospective

Disclaimer

This post is quite long. It is around 4783 words long with 27450 characters (excluding whitespace). At an average reading speed of 225 words per minute this would take you around 21 minutes (for reference this took me around four days (including time for research (though I wasn't solely working on this)). You don't need to read this in one sitting, but please do try and finish it, I think the material here is very important. Feel free to make suggestions or critique as desired.

This is Part 2 of my monthly report. You can find Part 1 here.

April Prospective

Targets

Before I go into my suggestions for bolstering the campaign this month, it is helpful to have targets so we know how well we have performed. Basically, this section seeks to answer the question: "where do we go?". Now, this is the first time I'm doing something like this, so the targets aren't really calibrated to anything. While possible, they may not be very feasible. So failing to achieve some of the targets is to be expected. I also plan to be quite ambitious in our targets — to be fair, we are participating in quite the ambitious project — so the risk of over achieving is negligible. After this month we'll have a better grasp of our capabilities, and next month's targets would be set within realistic bounds. That said, I'll list the targets with a brief description of the motivation behind them.

Twitter Followers
Reach more than 900K followers on Twitter. Growth last month was 160%. In contrast, Pete had a growth of 316% and given that we're already seriously lagging behind (10.6% market odds vs 4.7%, 2.3 polling vs 1.4, 39 vs 24 points) I want us to have comparable growth rates so we're not left behind. Now 900K is an absurdly high number, and we're not of to a good start as the blue rectangles in the below images show:
Statistics For the Past Fortnight
Daily Followers From Inception TIll Date

Reach 75K Subscribers on the Subreddit
Subreddit growth last month was insane, and I want to top that (> 500% growth from the 371% we enjoyed last month). I view this sub as basically an army to help bolster Yang's campaign, and the more members we have on here, the more impact we can have. 75K is also an amount that would allow us to pull off some impressive things, and to do so more reliably. I have plans to harness the fresh blood that I would detail later.

Reach 150K donors
This requires a rate of around 2k donors each day. It seems prima facie unlikely, but I want Yang to blow past his 200K target by the time the debates roll around. I would start tracking his donor count (and some other stats in this Google sheet). Suggestions for other statistics to monitor are appreciated.

Reach 10% Odds For Democratic Primary on Election Betting Odds
I want Yang to reach double digits odds (Pete is already there, and I'm salty dammit). I am worried at the widening gap between Pete and Yang, but I insist that it's just healthy competition. Reaching the double digits on prediction markets would help legitimise Yang, and would serve as an important milestone for us.

Rank At Least 2nd in Monthly Interest
Last month, Yang ranked 5th in monthly interest among the 12 major candidates. I want us to move up two positions. Beto's performance over the month was solid due to the phreak controversy — and being a teen edgelord — but his performance since then hasn't been as exceptional.

Comparisons of Positions 1 - 5 (via Election Betting Odds) of the 12 Major Candidates for the Period (27/03/2019 - 03/03/2019)
The above graph of weekly interest is likely more indicative of the trends for this month than the monthly interest graphs I posted previously. As we can see, Bernie has lost steam, Kamala remains at the bottom, and Beto is in the middle. Joe has blown past everybody with the buzz all his scandals are raising, so he may end up dominating the field. Pete has generally been strong without the interest being inflated by scandal.
If we don't surpass Bernie in interest this month, I would be surprised, so 4th is definitely doable. To get to third we need to surpass Beto, and given the windfalls we received this month, 3rd is also feasible. The real challenge is whether we can pull ahead of Buttigieg. Before yesterday, I didn't think we could (and set our target at 3rd), but given the windfalls we recently received, I'm willing to take a shot at it.

Resources

Now that we know, where we want to go, it's time to answer the question "what do we have?".

Media Buzz
April is going to be (and already is being) a wonderful month for us. Yang's fund raising stats (1.7 million and 80K+ donors) for last quarter gathered a few headlines, so we're already of to a good start.
Furthermore, Andrew is currently trying to release 40 policies in 40 days, and due to his unique brand, said policies have the potential to create what I call healthy controversy. And controversy sells like nothing else.

Interest for Quarter 1 2019 (Taken 04/04/2019)
The above graph shows that the circumcision controversy generated as much interest in Yang as the Joe Rogan episode (which has 2.6M views did). That's kind of amazing when you think about it. I think the circumcision was net positive as Yang didn't really lose any followers over it, and awareness about him was raised. Yang's main weakness right now is that no one knows him, so all publicity is helpful right now. Now Yang can't actually ride controversy to the White House like Trump did (the Democrat version of Trump is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez), but it's a relatively cheap way to gain publicity, and I wouldn't be surprised if more of his new policies bag headlines. As long as he doesn't propose something to far out of the Overton window (e.g decriminalisation/legalisation of consumption child pornography) I expect any controversy his policies generate to be net positive.

To top it off, we have the Humanity First tour this April which would generate yet more media buzz for Yang. This means we don't need to artificially manufacture interest in Yang, and can capitalise on the naturally occurring interest that he'll acrue this April. All the media articles on him are links that can be submitted to various appropriate subreddits to stimulate conversation about Yang. At this point, all publicity is helpful as many still haven't yet heard of him.

Scheduled Interviews

Another wonderful thing this month is that Yang has some few high profile scheduled interviews.

He's due to appear on Shapiro's Sunday Special which can get up to a few million views (Joe Rogan got 2.9M views (Ben's JRE experience got 12M views), Steven Crowder got 2M views, Jordan Peterson got 1.5M, Tucker Carlson got 872K and Sam Harris got 864K (these are the top 5)), so while Ben does not have as wide an audience as Joe Rogan (1.4M vs 5M subscribers), we can expect that Yang's interview would get at least a few 100K views and potentially over a million (Yang's JRE experience has 2.6M views). So the Shapiro interview wouldn't be a second JRE, but it would come damn well close (assuming that Yang's popularity with Shapiro's audience is the same as his popularity with the Joe Rogan's audience). At the very least, Yang's Shapiro interview would expose him and his ideas to hundreds of thousands of new people.
Apart from the Shapiro interview, Yang has an interview scheduled with Ali Velshi (who has 385.2K followers). The view count for Velshi I could find on YouTube was nothing impressive (highest was 118 K), but even for Rachel Maddow (who has 9.6M followers) I didn't find any video with up to a million views. I'm guessing this is because most of their viewers watch it on television. I couldn't find concrete data for how many viewers watch Velshi's program, but they consistently rate higher than whatever CNN has on for that time slot. So at the least I expect a few hundred thousand to watch that video (maybe a million if we're being optimistic) — but more importantly — Yang would be exposed to a very key demographic he has little (or poor) exposure to, boomers and gen x, especially those with a liberal bent (who would be key for the dem primaries). So I expect great things from the Velshi interview. (Well, I procrastinated enough on this, that the Veli interview has already happened, you can find it here).
To add more medals to his belt, it appears that Yang would appear in an upcoming VICE Special Report on automation and the future of work. This is potentially amazing, as HBO has 1.4M subscribers, VICE News 4.1M and Vice 10M — double what Rogan has — and their audience tends to lean left, so this would expose Yang to many more (I'm guessing hundreds of thousands perhaps a million+, but that seems too optimistic) liberals, further bolstering his popularity.
If the above wasn't enough, Yang delivers the coup de grace with his CNN Town Hall coming up on April 14th. It's scheduled at 8PM EST (an hour before the premiere of the final Game of Thrones season), and we've decided to make lemonade out of lemons.
There's going to be a massive wave of media coverage on Yang, and a few wonderful videos about him. This alone is enough for April to dwarf March growth wise.

A Unique Platform

Yang currently has 80+ policies on his site, and he's set to surpass 100 this month. While some of these policies are problematic (e.g automatically sunsetting old laws), many of his policies are amazing, and line up perfectly with the interests of several online communities (of which Reddit provides us convenient access to). Furthermore, Yang's plethora of policies set him apart from all other candidates on the field (perhaps only Elizabeth Warren is as (arguably even more so) concrete on policies as him, but in quantity she's outmatched). In addition to his many policies, Yang's de emphasis of identity politics, his data driven, evidence based policies, and the entire technocratic platform make him different if nothing else. Yang has perhaps the most unique platform of all the 2020 candidates, and we should capitalise on that.

Recommendations Going Forward

Now that we have clearly defined our goals for this month, and taking stock of our available resources, it's time to answer the question: "how do we get there?". There are many actions we could take that have positive expected value for the campaign, but they differ in effort required, magnitude of the impact, whether they require cooperation to be effective or if agents acting in isolation could apply it effectively, etc and which platform the action is to be taken on. To make for an easier read, I would try organising my recommendations according to the platform the action is to be taken on. There are a few platforms I'm not very familiar with (and as such I can't really make useful recommendations) I include them only for completion.
A lot of the suggestions I make have been influenced by others. When I am aware of the post that inspired me, I would try to link it, but (especially as I wrote this at a sprint) I may forget a few people. If you think a suggestion I made was inspired by you and you want credit for it, feel free to mention me in your comment with the suggestion you desire credit for (or PM me if you want more anonymity).
  • Meta Actions.
  • Reddit Actions.
  • Facebook Actions.
  • YouTube Actions.
  • Instagram Actions.
  • Tumblr Actions.
  • Miscelleanous.

Meta Actions

These actions wouldn't necessarily lead directly to increased campaign success, but they would create a stronger, more effective community which would be better suited to assist the campaign.

Join the Discord
Perhaps a selfish request, but I find Discord much more convenient for real time coordination. It's much more casual than Reddit as well, and would enable socialisation (which might improve cooperation). A lot of discussions happen in the Discord that don't happen on the sub, and besides, we have a bot that links all threads posted on the sub to the discord (even ones that haven't been approved yet). It's very easy, and strengthens the community to have a third place.

Build A Wiki
Debates tend to be repetitive, and a lot of the time the same points would get repeated by different people. If we try to engage Yang sceptics/antagonists, we'll find ourselves confronted with the same arguments. It would help to have a handy repository of relevant counterarguments. A wiki could serve that (We'd create a Yang FAQ/FC (frequent criticisms) as well as many other pages to serve various functions (guides to select Yang policies, some infographics, memes, etc. This would by no means be a small project). The projected size of the wiki means that we probably wouldn't be hosting it on Reddit. There's a preexisting FAQ by Alex Howlett on Medium, and u/AmericanTechno and I are working on one. My proposed FAQ/FC would be more broad than Alex's and would only grow over time. Ideally, the wiki would consolidate all existing FAQs and similar efforts into one project.

Regarding Upvoting
It has been brought to my attention that asking people for votes is vote manipulation and illegal on Reddit. There have been quite a few posts asking others to upvote certain or all posts (I'm a major culprit of this myself (though I've mostly been more subtle about it)). Apparently, we've managed to fly under the radar, but giving that the practice is illegal, I recommend that you stop explicit requests for others to upvote posts. First of all, it's not every post on the sub that should make it to the front page, and even if we organically get content to the front page, spamming the front page would get us banned from sending content to the front page which only harms us. Most attempts at reaching the front page would also fail given our subreddit's current size, the post approval process (posts are required to be manually approved by a moderator) and the fact that the vast majority of posts simply don't reach the front page. If we want to send pro Yang posts to the front page, in most cases we're better off trying our luck at larger subreddits.
My proposals are thus:
If you see a good pro Yang post on another sub you like, cross post it here. People should "support" pro Yang posts on other subreddits to give them better visibility and stimulate conversation around Yang. Pro Yang posts on other subs may otherwise languish into obscurity. If you see a good article on Yang on the internet, submit the link on another relevant subreddit, and crosspost it here so those interested can participate.
For posts on the sub that we want to reach the front page. We'll probably coordinate that over the Discord, and any such posts would be prefixed with [U] and scheduled to be posted when the sub is most busy (maybe the mods would pin it for increased visibility). Ideally, we shouldn't do this more than a couple of times a week as we don't want to spam the front page or (be perceived as spamming it).

Let's Move Past Other Candidates
There has been so much discussion about Pete on this sub. And so many complaints about that discussion, with some suggesting we move on. I tend to agree. I recently tried to reach a hand out to the Pete sub to make peace with them. Some of us may not like Pete, some of us may believe that he's an establishment hack, that he's not a true progressive that [insert negative opinion of Pete here], and some of us may have positive regard for Pete. Not everyone here is Yang or bust, and the raw hostility towards Pete may alienate some of our members. Furthermore, Pete is an asset for us, as most Pete supporters would be amenable to Yang's platform (Yang has more fleshed out policies regarding tackling automation). This enables targeted marketing as we can try to siphon Pete's supporters. If we go down this route — as we should — attacking Pete directly or mocking him would hurt our cause as it will trigger a defensive response in our prey and they'd be much harder to convince. Furthermore, this is by far the most popular Yang subreddit (we've even been linked in some newspaper articles about Yang), and do we want prospective Yang supporters coming here to see us bitching about another candidate?

Reddit Actions

Reddit is an amazing platform. It has 542 million monthly visitors and is the 6th most visited site in the US. Beyond just its reach, Reddit serves as a natural rallying point for many communities. Also, participation in this communities is generally free (unlike Facebook where many groups require moderator approval to join), and there's a front page which get exposed to the wider Reddit community. Communities on Reddit aren't completely cut off from each other, and reaching across communities is convenient. Honestly, Reddit is a goldmine for internet campaigning, and we can do a whole lot more with Reddit than we're currently doing.
For one, the Reddit front page is probably viewed by millions of people daily, and IIRC only a handful of Yang posts have ever made the front page. We'd like to raise that number significantly, but my suggestions for doing that were covered in the previous section on "Meta Actions" so I wouldn't repeat them here.

Apart from the front page, another way we can raise awareness of Yang and stimulate conversation about him is to post Yang articles on relevant subs, or start discussion about him on relevant subs (Yang has so many policies, that there are many subreddits we can promote Yang on). Most likely, our post would either generate some conversation (especially if we crosspost it to the sub to provide a boost) or get deleted (in which case the only cost is your time). On a rare occasion, you might get banned from the sub, so do take care (though if this happens it probably wasn't a sub you were active on, so how much of a loss you receive is up in the air). I find it very unlikely your account gets banned. I have been doing a lot of this, but I am only one person, and the impact I can have is limited. Further, if I am only seen to be shilling Yang, my credibility drops. My advice is to be careful and tactical with the Yang posts you submit, you don't want to create spam ((especially for self posts, maybe only one self post (or once in a while) on a sub) which would raise hostility towards Yang), and it would be best you weren't banned from the sub. Keep your submissions relevant to the sub guidelines, and crosspost them to this sub, so we can also participate in the discussion about Yang on the other sub.

Someone on this sub wrote a piece explaining why they support Yang, and why others on the sub might support him on one of the subreddits they were part of. It was a very organic piece and received a generally favourable response. When I saw it, I did a shout out to them and recommend more people follow in their footsteps. That still stands. If you decide to undertake such a post, keep in mind that it's generally a thing you'd do only once. I wouldn't give you any advice on what to write as you know your community best, and no what would speak to them.

TheYangGangBot is a bot which (currently, there are plans to expand the bot) scrapes Reddit and Twitter for threads containing Yang and posts it as a comment in a mega thread (a new one is created each day). I recommend that you follow the bot and try to follow up on the links in said threads. There are currently a lot of false positives, but most can be identified without clicking on the link (usually someone else sharing "Yang", but we do plan to improve the bot (if you want to contribute to bot development, find us on #development in the Discord)). Ideally, the mods would pin said threads, but there's a maximum of two threads that can be pinned at a time, and we may have other threads pinned.

There's some discussion about scraping reddit for a list of subreddits that might be receptive to Yang, but nothing has come out of that yet (if that changes, I'll keep you guys posted).

When participating in discussion about Yang, I recommend promoting this subreddit and his social media platforms. Here's a copypasta that I've been leaving on all Yang YouTube videos (and may start leaving on pro Yang Reddit threads and the comment sections of pro Yang articles):
You can explore his platform on: https://yang2020.com/policies.
Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/AndrewYang.
On Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/andrewyang2020/.
His official Facebook page is: https://facebook.com/andrewyang2020.
His official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCriIuQZpMi6gEt_2P7xKCww.
If you want to participate in the campaign, we have a growing subreddit over at: https://reddit.com/Yangforpresidenthq.
If you feel like donating to his campaign, you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/redditforandrewyang or at https://yang2020.com/donate.

Facebook Actions

I'm not really a Facebook person, so not much advice here, however there are several Facebook groups, and the main one currently has more members than Reddit. I'll probably promote the Subreddit there. For those of you who are Americans (I can't view Yang's Facebook page, so I'm guessing it's only viewable to Americans) and haven't already, please like his official Facebook page.
Something that could be done is using Facebook (and other social media with statutes like WhatsApp) status to advertise Yang whenever we are having a Yang event (e.g the just concluded money bomb). A lot of Yang discussion probably happens on Facebook, so please participate more. More concrete suggestions would require me familiarising myself more with Facebook, but I am open to suggestions for improving our Facebook impact.

YouTube Actions

Someone suggested we make video guides to Yang's policies, and I think that's a nice idea, though the task is pretty nontrivial. For those of you creating other original video content good job, and please continue. Post it here, and we'll try to show some support.
If you haven't already, please subscribe to Yang's channel.
For every pro Yang video I find, I generally like it and comment with the copypasta above (if you see such comments please upvote to increase visibility). We're looking into having a bot auto comment on YouTube videos with the copypasta (ideally it would link it in a weekly YouTube megathread so we can upvote the comment to boost its visibility. Please like all pro Yang YouTube videos you see and post them on the subreddit (if they haven't already), tweeting it and/or sharing it on other social media would also be appreciated to increase visibility.

Instagram Actions

Similar to Facebook, I'm not an Instagram person, so suggestions are once again welcome. I guess following Yang's Instagram account and liking (and sharing if you think it's shareworthy) all his (and other pro Yang) content you find would be helpful. I'm not sure how much impact Instagram would have, but given that I don't use it, I'm not really in a position to judge.

Tumblr

Sadly, I'm not a Tumblr person either. That said, u/MGN18 has made a pro Yang Tumblr. For those of you who do use Tumblr (or are willing to create an account for the cause) please like, comment and reblog to signal boost it. Other suggestions are welcome.

Miscellaneous

Online Articles

For general news articles about Yang, if they have comment sections please engage (and post them on the subreddit so others can engage). Feel free to post the copypasta as well so we can direct more eyes to Yang.

Marketing Approach

There has been much talk of suppressing the memes, with the usual complaint being that they're pushing people away from Yang. I'd like to contend that it was the memes that personally drew me to this campaign, and I don't think I'm the only one (even if I was, I think I have had positive impact (and expect I would continue to contribute positively to the campaign)). Nevertheless, some people are pushed away by the memes and #YangGang. They perceive the campaign as non serious, Yang as a joke and don't want to be associated with such a low status endeavour. My response to those concerned about those people is the saying:
Different strokes for different folks.
There's no one super argument that can persuade everyone to support Yang. You can't expect the same approach to work for everyone. You're a sales person, Yang is the product, and non Yang supporters are the customers. Good sales people try to know their customer and customise their marketing to be more persuasive to that customer. For some people memes and "#NEETbux please" would do it. For others a thorough tour of Yang's platform is required. For other still, Yang's evidence based policies, and general technocratic stance is what is required. For others still, no argument would do it. This leads us to our next point.

Opportunity Costs

Not everyone is amenable to Yang. There are some people that no matter how much time you spend trying to convince them, they'll never be persuaded. It is clearly a waste of time trying to persuade them (as that time could be better expended trying to persuade others). Similarly, there are some people that are amenable to Yang, but for which the effort required to persuade them is not worth it. For example, if it takes you 10 hours of conversation to persuade someone, but for most other people it takes you only thirty minutes, then it seems that (unless the person you're persuading has exceptionally high expected (positive) impact on the campaign (if it takes you a month to persuade Barack Obama to support Andrew Yang, then please do so as the expected value of Obama's support is several orders of magnitude higher than the median)) persuading them was not worth it as you could have used that time to persuade others.
The central theme in the above is that of opportunity costs (otherwise known as "real costs"). Your time is valuable. The time you're using to persuade this person is time you could be using to persuade someone else. Time you spend in a particular activity is time you're not spending on other activities you could undertake. The aim is to maximise the impact you have on the campaign for time expended (maximise your efficiency so to speak). Now you're not a robot, so I don't expect that you literally maximise efficiency, just that you keep it in mind and know whwn to cut your losses.
The sunk costs fallacy means that humans are naturally loathe to cease expenditure of resources in a venture they've already invested much in, even when it makes no economic sense to continue. Falling prey to the sunk costs would lead to a lot of wasted resources (in this case, time). Before you get into protracted debates or discussions, I recommend you budget how much time you're willing to invest in persuading someone. If you can't persuade them within that time, civilly disengage. You may be bothered by appearing to lose the debates, but that's just your ego talking — ruthlessly suppress it. Your time is valuable, try to get the most value from your time while you undertake this campaign.


Critique, review, make suggestions, flame, etc. All feedback is welcome.
Whew
I'm glad I don't have to do this for another month.
I'm wondering if I should do weekly progress reports kind of like a minified version of this, to provide a shorter feedback loop? It would allow us to iterate faster enabling us to make changes to our strategy, adjust, etc much faster and grant greater flexibility. So I think it's a good idea, the main cons are that I would have to write this every week (and you would have to read it every week). I'm willing to take the sacrifice if that's what the people want, so please vote on this poll.
Remember, stay calm and focus on the money.
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2019.04.03 13:36 DragonGod2718 March Prospective and April Retrospective

March Prospective and April Retrospective

Disclaimer

This post is quite long. It is around 4783 words long with 27450 characters (excluding whitespace). At an average reading speed of 225 words per minute this would take you around 21 minutes (for reference this took me around four days (including time for research (though I wasn't solely working on this)). You don't need to read this in one sitting, but please do try and finish it, I think the material here is very important. Feel free to make suggestions or critique as desired.

This is Part 2 of my monthly report. You can find Part 1 here.

April Prospective

Targets

Before I go into my suggestions for bolstering the campaign this month, it is helpful to have targets so we know how well we have performed. Basically, this section seeks to answer the question: "where do we go?". Now, this is the first time I'm doing something like this, so the targets aren't really calibrated to anything. While possible, they may not be very feasible. So failing to achieve some of the targets is to be expected. I also plan to be quite ambitious in our targets — to be fair, we are participating in quite the ambitious project — so the risk of over achieving is negligible. After this month we'll have a better grasp of our capabilities, and next month's targets would be set within realistic bounds. That said, I'll list the targets with a brief description of the motivation behind them.

Twitter Followers
Reach more than 900K followers on Twitter. Growth last month was 160%. In contrast, Pete had a growth of 316% and given that we're already seriously lagging behind (10.6% market odds vs 4.7%, 2.3 polling vs 1.4, 39 vs 24 points) I want us to have comparable growth rates so we're not left behind. Now 900K is an absurdly high number, and we're not of to a good start as the blue rectangles in the below images show:
Statistics For the Past Fortnight
Daily Followers From Inception TIll Date

Reach 75K Subscribers on the Subreddit
Subreddit growth last month was insane, and I want to top that (> 500% growth from the 371% we enjoyed last month). I view this sub as basically an army to help bolster Yang's campaign, and the more members we have on here, the more impact we can have. 75K is also an amount that would allow us to pull off some impressive things, and to do so more reliably. I have plans to harness the fresh blood that I would detail later.

Reach 150K donors
This requires a rate of around 2k donors each day. It seems prima facie unlikely, but I want Yang to blow past his 200K target by the time the debates roll around. I would start tracking his donor count (and some other stats in this Google sheet). Suggestions for other statistics to monitor are appreciated.

Reach 10% Odds For Democratic Primary on Election Betting Odds
I want Yang to reach double digits odds (Pete is already there, and I'm salty dammit). I am worried at the widening gap between Pete and Yang, but I insist that it's just healthy competition. Reaching the double digits on prediction markets would help legitimise Yang, and would serve as an important milestone for us.

Rank At Least 2nd in Monthly Interest
Last month, Yang ranked 5th in monthly interest among the 12 major candidates. I want us to move up two positions. Beto's performance over the month was solid due to the phreak controversy — and being a teen edgelord — but his performance since then hasn't been as exceptional.
Comparisons of Positions 1 - 5 (via Election Betting Odds) of the 12 Major Candidates for the Period (27/03/2019 - 03/03/2019)
The above graph of weekly interest is likely more indicative of the trends for this month than the monthly interest graphs I posted previously. As we can see, Bernie has lost steam, Kamala remains at the bottom, and Beto is in the middle. Joe has blown past everybody with the buzz all his scandals are raising, so he may end up dominating the field. Pete has generally been strong without the interest being inflated by scandal.
If we don't surpass Bernie in interest this month, I would be surprised, so 4th is definitely doable. To get to third we need to surpass Beto, and given the windfalls we received this month, 3rd is also feasible. The real challenge is whether we can pull ahead of Buttigieg. Before yesterday, I didn't think we could (and set our target at 3rd), but given the windfalls we recently received, I'm willing to take a shot at it.

Resources

Now that we know, where we want to go, it's time to answer the question "what do we have?".

Media Buzz
April is going to be (and already is being) a wonderful month for us. Yang's fund raising stats (1.7 million and 80K+ donors) for last quarter gathered a few headlines, so we're already of to a good start.
Furthermore, Andrew is currently trying to release 40 policies in 40 days, and due to his unique brand, said policies have the potential to create what I call healthy controversy. And controversy sells like nothing else:
Interest for Quarter 1 2019 (Taken 04/04/2019)
This updated graph shows that the circumcision controversy generated as much interest in Yang as the Joe Rogan episode (which has 2.6M views did). That's kind of amazing when you think about it. I think the circumcision was net positive as Yang didn't really lose any followers over it, and awareness about him was raised. Yang's main weakness right now is that no one knows him, so all publicity is helpful right now. Now Yang can't actually ride controversy to the White House like Trump did (the Democrat version of Trump is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez), but it's a relatively cheap way to gain publicity, and I wouldn't be surprised if more of his new policies bag headlines. As long as he doesn't propose something to far out of the Overton window (e.g decriminalisation/legalisation of consumption child pornography) I expect any controversy his policies generate to be net positive.

To top it off, we have the Humanity First tour this April which would generate yet more media buzz for Yang. This means we don't need to artificially manufacture interest in Yang, and can capitalise on the naturally occurring interest that he'll acrue this April. All the media articles on him are links that can be submitted to various appropriate subreddits to stimulate conversation about Yang. At this point, all publicity is helpful as many still haven't yet heard of him.

Scheduled Interviews

Another wonderful thing this month is that Yang has some few high profile scheduled interviews.

He's due to appear on Shapiro's Sunday Special which can get up to a few million views (Joe Rogan got 2.9M views (Ben's JRE experience got 12M views), Steven Crowder got 2M views, Jordan Peterson got 1.5M, Tucker Carlson got 872K and Sam Harris got 864K (these are the top 5)), so while Ben does not have as wide an audience as Joe Rogan (1.4M vs 5M subscribers), we can expect that Yang's interview would get at least a few 100K views and potentially over a million (Yang's JRE experience has 2.6M views). So the Shapiro interview wouldn't be a second JRE, but it would come damn well close (assuming that Yang's popularity with Shapiro's audience is the same as his popularity with the Joe Rogan's audience). At the very least, Yang's Shapiro interview would expose him and his ideas to hundreds of thousands of new people.
Apart from the Shapiro interview, Yang has an interview scheduled with Ali Velshi (who has 385.2K followers). The view count for Velshi I could find on YouTube was nothing impressive (highest was 118 K), but even for Rachel Maddow (who has 9.6M followers) I didn't find any video with up to a million views. I'm guessing this is because most of their viewers watch it on television. I couldn't find concrete data for how many viewers watch Velshi's program, but they consistently rate higher than whatever CNN has on for that time slot. So at the least I expect a few hundred thousand to watch that video (maybe a million if we're being optimistic) — but more importantly — Yang would be exposed to a very key demographic he has little (or poor) exposure to, boomers and gen x, especially those with a liberal bent (who would be key for the dem primaries). So I expect great things from the Velshi interview. (Well, I procrastinated enough on this, that the Veli interview has already happened, you can find it here).
To add more medals to his belt, it appears that Yang would appear in an upcoming VICE Special Report on automation and the future of work. This is potentially amazing, as HBO has 1.4M subscribers, VICE News 4.1M and Vice 10M — double what Rogan has — and their audience tends to lean left, so this would expose Yang to many more (I'm guessing hundreds of thousands perhaps a million+, but that seems too optimistic) liberals, further bolstering his popularity.
If the above wasn't enough, Yang delivers the coup de grace with his CNN Town Hall coming up on April 14th. It's scheduled at 8PM EST (an hour before the premiere of the final Game of Thrones season), and we've decided to make lemonade out of lemons.
There's going to be a massive wave of media coverage on Yang, and a few wonderful videos about him. This alone is enough for April to dwarf March growth wise.

A Unique Platform

Yang currently has 80+ policies on his site, and he's set to surpass 100 this month. While some of these policies are problematic (e.g automatically sunsetting old laws), many of his policies are amazing, and line up perfectly with the interests of several online communities (of which Reddit provides us convenient access to). Furthermore, Yang's plethora of policies set him apart from all other candidates on the field (perhaps only Elizabeth Warren is as (arguably even more so) concrete on policies as him, but in quantity she's outmatched). In addition to his many policies, Yang's de emphasis of identity politics, his data driven, evidence based policies, and the entire technocratic platform make him different if nothing else. Yang has perhaps the most unique platform of all the 2020 candidates, and we should capitalise on that.

Recommendations Going Forward

Now that we have clearly defined our goals for this month, and taking stock of our available resources, it's time to answer the question: "how do we get there?". There are many actions we could take that have positive expected value for the campaign, but they differ in effort required, magnitude of the impact, whether they require cooperation to be effective or if agents acting in isolation could apply it effectively, etc and which platform the action is to be taken on. To make for an easier read, I would try organising my recommendations according to the platform the action is to be taken on. There are a few platforms I'm not very familiar with (and as such I can't really make useful recommendations) I include them only for completion.
A lot of the suggestions I make have been influenced by others. When I am aware of the post that inspired me, I would try to link it, but (especially as I wrote this at a sprint) I may forget a few people. If you think a suggestion I made was inspired by you and you want credit for it, feel free to mention me in your comment with the suggestion you desire credit for (or PM me if you want more anonymity).
  • Meta Actions.
  • Reddit Actions.
  • Facebook Actions.
  • YouTube Actions.
  • Instagram Actions.
  • Tumblr Actions.
  • Miscelleanous.

Meta Actions

These actions wouldn't necessarily lead directly to increased campaign success, but they would create a stronger, more effective community which would be better suited to assist the campaign.

Join the Discord
Perhaps a selfish request, but I find Discord much more convenient for real time coordination. It's much more casual than Reddit as well, and would enable socialisation (which might improve cooperation). A lot of discussions happen in the Discord that don't happen on the sub, and besides, we have a bot that links all threads posted on the sub to the discord (even ones that haven't been approved yet). It's very easy, and strengthens the community to have a third place.

Build A Wiki
Debates tend to be repetitive, and a lot of the time the same points would get repeated by different people. If we try to engage Yang sceptics/antagonists, we'll find ourselves confronted with the same arguments. It would help to have a handy repository of relevant counterarguments. A wiki could serve that (We'd create a Yang FAQ/FC (frequent criticisms) as well as many other pages to serve various functions (guides to select Yang policies, some infographics, memes, etc. This would by no means be a small project). The projected size of the wiki means that we probably wouldn't be hosting it on Reddit. There's a preexisting FAQ by Alex Howlett on Medium, and u/AmericanTechno and I are working on one. My proposed FAQ/FC would be more broad than Alex's and would only grow over time. Ideally, the wiki would consolidate all existing FAQs and similar efforts into one project.

Regarding Upvoting
It has been brought to my attention that asking people for votes is vote manipulation and illegal on Reddit. There have been quite a few posts asking others to upvote certain or all posts (I'm a major culprit of this myself (though I've mostly been more subtle about it)). Apparently, we've managed to fly under the radar, but giving that the practice is illegal, I recommend that you stop explicit requests for others to upvote posts. First of all, it's not every post on the sub that should make it to the front page, and even if we organically get content to the front page, spamming the front page would get us banned from sending content to the front page which only harms us. Most attempts at reaching the front page would also fail given our subreddit's current size, the post approval process (posts are required to be manually approved by a moderator) and the fact that the vast majority of posts simply don't reach the front page. If we want to send pro Yang posts to the front page, in most cases we're better off trying our luck at larger subreddits.
My proposals are thus:
If you see a good pro Yang post on another sub you like, cross post it here. People should "support" pro Yang posts on other subreddits to give them better visibility and stimulate conversation around Yang. Pro Yang posts on other subs may otherwise languish into obscurity. If you see a good article on Yang on the internet, submit the link on another relevant subreddit, and crosspost it here so those interested can participate.
For posts on the sub that we want to reach the front page. We'll probably coordinate that over the Discord, and any such posts would be prefixed with [U] and scheduled to be posted when the sub is most busy (maybe the mods would pin it for increased visibility). Ideally, we shouldn't do this more than a couple of times a week as we don't want to spam the front page or (be perceived as spamming it).

Let's Move Past Other Candidates
There has been so much discussion about Pete on this sub. And so many complaints about that discussion, with some suggesting we move on. I tend to agree. I recently tried to reach a hand out to the Pete sub to make peace with them. Some of us may not like Pete, some of us may believe that he's an establishment hack, that he's not a true progressive that [insert negative opinion of Pete here], and some of us may have positive regard for Pete. Not everyone here is Yang or bust, and the raw hostility towards Pete may alienate some of our members. Furthermore, Pete is an asset for us, as most Pete supporters would be amenable to Yang's platform (Yang has more fleshed out policies regarding tackling automation). This enables targeted marketing as we can try to siphon Pete's supporters. If we go down this route — as we should — attacking Pete directly or mocking him would hurt our cause as it will trigger a defensive response in our prey and they'd be much harder to convince. Furthermore, this is by far the most popular Yang subreddit (we've even been linked in some newspaper articles about Yang), and do we want prospective Yang supporters coming here to see us bitching about another candidate?

Reddit Actions

Reddit is an amazing platform. It has 542 million monthly visitors and is the 6th most visited site in the US. Beyond just its reach, Reddit serves as a natural rallying point for many communities. Also, participation in this communities is generally free (unlike Facebook where many groups require moderator approval to join), and there's a front page which get exposed to the wider Reddit community. Communities on Reddit aren't completely cut off from each other, and reaching across communities is convenient. Honestly, Reddit is a goldmine for internet campaigning, and we can do a whole lot more with Reddit than we're currently doing.
For one, the Reddit front page is probably viewed by millions of people daily, and IIRC only a handful of Yang posts have ever made the front page. We'd like to raise that number significantly, but my suggestions for doing that were covered in the previous section on "Meta Actions" so I wouldn't repeat them here.

Apart from the front page, another way we can raise awareness of Yang and stimulate conversation about him is to post Yang articles on relevant subs, or start discussion about him on relevant subs (Yang has so many policies, that there are many subreddits we can promote Yang on). Most likely, our post would either generate some conversation (especially if we crosspost it to the sub to provide a boost) or get deleted (in which case the only cost is your time). On a rare occasion, you might get banned from the sub, so do take care (though if this happens it probably wasn't a sub you were active on, so how much of a loss you receive is up in the air). I find it very unlikely your account gets banned. I have been doing a lot of this, but I am only one person, and the impact I can have is limited. Further, if I am only seen to be shilling Yang, my credibility drops. My advice is to be careful and tactical with the Yang posts you submit, you don't want to create spam ((especially for self posts, maybe only one self post (or once in a while) on a sub) which would raise hostility towards Yang), and it would be best you weren't banned from the sub. Keep your submissions relevant to the sub guidelines, and crosspost them to this sub, so we can also participate in the discussion about Yang on the other sub.

Someone on this sub wrote a piece explaining why they support Yang, and why others on the sub might support him on one of the subreddits they were part of. It was a very organic piece and received a generally favourable response. When I saw it, I did a shout out to them and recommend more people follow in their footsteps. That still stands. If you decide to undertake such a post, keep in mind that it's generally a thing you'd do only once. I wouldn't give you any advice on what to write as you know your community best, and no what would speak to them.

TheYangGangBot is a bot which (currently, there are plans to expand the bot) scrapes Reddit and Twitter for threads containing Yang and posts it as a comment in a mega thread (a new one is created each day). I recommend that you follow the bot and try to follow up on the links in said threads. There are currently a lot of false positives, but most can be identified without clicking on the link (usually someone else sharing "Yang", but we do plan to improve the bot (if you want to contribute to bot development, find us on #development in the Discord)). Ideally, the mods would pin said threads, but there's a maximum of two threads that can be pinned at a time, and we may have other threads pinned.

There's some discussion about scraping reddit for a list of subreddits that might be receptive to Yang, but nothing has come out of that yet (if that changes, I'll keep you guys posted).

When participating in discussion about Yang, I recommend promoting this subreddit and his social media platforms. Here's a copypasta that I've been leaving on all Yang YouTube videos (and may start leaving on pro Yang Reddit threads and the comment sections of pro Yang articles):
You can explore his platform on: https://yang2020.com/policies.
Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/AndrewYang.
On Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/andrewyang2020/.
His official Facebook page is: https://facebook.com/andrewyang2020.
His official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCriIuQZpMi6gEt_2P7xKCww.
If you want to participate in the campaign, we have a growing subreddit over at: https://reddit.com/Yangforpresidenthq.
If you feel like donating to his campaign, you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/redditforandrewyang or at https://yang2020.com/donate.

Facebook Actions

I'm not really a Facebook person, so not much advice here, however there are several Facebook groups, and the main one currently has more members than Reddit. I'll probably promote the Subreddit there. For those of you who are Americans (I can't view Yang's Facebook page, so I'm guessing it's only viewable to Americans) and haven't already, please like his official Facebook page.
Something that could be done is using Facebook (and other social media with statutes like WhatsApp) status to advertise Yang whenever we are having a Yang event (e.g the just concluded money bomb). A lot of Yang discussion probably happens on Facebook, so please participate more. More concrete suggestions would require me familiarising myself more with Facebook, but I am open to suggestions for improving our Facebook impact.

YouTube Actions

Someone suggested we make video guides to Yang's policies, and I think that's a nice idea, though the task is pretty nontrivial. For those of you creating other original video content good job, and please continue. Post it here, and we'll try to show some support.
If you haven't already, please subscribe to Yang's channel.
For every pro Yang video I find, I generally like it and comment with the copypasta above (if you see such comments please upvote to increase visibility). We're looking into having a bot auto comment on YouTube videos with the copypasta (ideally it would link it in a weekly YouTube megathread so we can upvote the comment to boost its visibility. Please like all pro Yang YouTube videos you see and post them on the subreddit (if they haven't already), tweeting it and/or sharing it on other social media would also be appreciated to increase visibility.

Instagram Actions

Similar to Facebook, I'm not an Instagram person, so suggestions are once again welcome. I guess following Yang's Instagram account and liking (and sharing if you think it's shareworthy) all his (and other pro Yang) content you find would be helpful. I'm not sure how much impact Instagram would have, but given that I don't use it, I'm not really in a position to judge.

Tumblr

Sadly, I'm not a Tumblr person either. That said, u/MGN18 has made a pro Yang Tumblr. For those of you who do use Tumblr (or are willing to create an account for the cause) please like, comment and reblog to signal boost it. Other suggestions are welcome.

Miscellaneous

Online Articles

For general news articles about Yang, if they have comment sections please engage (and post them on the subreddit so others can engage). Feel free to post the copypasta as well so we can direct more eyes to Yang.

Marketing Approach

There has been much talk of suppressing the memes, with the usual complaint being that they're pushing people away from Yang. I'd like to contend that it was the memes that personally drew me to this campaign, and I don't think I'm the only one (even if I was, I think I have had positive impact (and expect I would continue to contribute positively to the campaign)). Nevertheless, some people are pushed away by the memes and #YangGang. They perceive the campaign as non serious, Yang as a joke and don't want to be associated with such a low status endeavour. My response to those concerned about those people is the saying:
Different strokes for different folks.
There's no one super argument that can persuade everyone to support Yang. You can't expect the same approach to work for everyone. You're a sales person, Yang is the product, and non Yang supporters are the customers. Good sales people try to know their customer and customise their marketing to be more persuasive to that customer. For some people memes and "#NEETbux please" would do it. For others a thorough tour of Yang's platform is required. For other still, Yang's evidence based policies, and general technocratic stance is what is required. For others still, no argument would do it. This leads us to our next point.

Opportunity Costs

Not everyone is amenable to Yang. There are some people that no matter how much time you spend trying to convince them, they'll never be persuaded. It is clearly a waste of time trying to persuade them (as that time could be better expended trying to persuade others). Similarly, there are some people that are amenable to Yang, but for which the effort required to persuade them is not worth it. For example, if it takes you 10 hours of conversation to persuade someone, but for most other people it takes you only thirty minutes, then it seems that (unless the person you're persuading has exceptionally high expected (positive) impact on the campaign (if it takes you a month to persuade Barack Obama to support Andrew Yang, then please do so as the expected value of Obama's support is several orders of magnitude higher than the median)) persuading them was not worth it as you could have used that time to persuade others.
The central theme in the above is that of opportunity costs (otherwise known as "real costs"). Your time is valuable. The time you're using to persuade this person is time you could be using to persuade someone else. Time you spend in a particular activity is time you're not spending on other activities you could undertake. The aim is to maximise the impact you have on the campaign for time expended (maximise your efficiency so to speak). Now you're not a robot, so I don't expect that you literally maximise efficiency, just that you keep it in mind and know whwn to cut your losses.
The sunk costs fallacy means that humans are naturally loathe to cease expenditure of resources in a venture they've already invested much in, even when it makes no economic sense to continue. Falling prey to the sunk costs would lead to a lot of wasted resources (in this case, time). Before you get into protracted debates or discussions, I recommend you budget how much time you're willing to invest in persuading someone. If you can't persuade them within that time, civilly disengage. You may be bothered by appearing to lose the debates, but that's just your ego talking — ruthlessly suppress it. Your time is valuable, try to get the most value from your time while you undertake this campaign.


Critique, review, make suggestions, flame, etc. All feedback is welcome.
Whew
I'm glad I don't have to do this for another month.
I'm wondering if I should do weekly progress reports kind of like a minified version of this, to provide a shorter feedback loop? It would allow us to iterate faster enabling us to make changes to our strategy, adjust, etc much faster and grant greater flexibility. So I think it's a good idea, the main cons are that I would have to write this every week (and you would have to read it every week). I'm willing to take the sacrifice if that's what the people want, so please vote on this poll.
Remember, stay calm and focus on the money.
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