Some men just want to watch the world learn

@2 has re­cently made the first pub­lic an­nounce­ment about Ar­bital. We are show­cas­ing his ex­pla­na­tion of the Bayes’ The­o­rem. Check it out and let us know what you think. Ar­bital as it stands right now is geared up to help the world learn.

An­nounce­ment reception

The re­cep­tion so far has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. Our fa­vorite quotes are: “I love this. Love love love.”, “This was amaz­ing. I’ve never been good at Bayes’ Rule, even af­ter do­ing a maths course that in­cluded it. I feel like I un­der­stand now.”, and “This is How Things Should Be”.

Thanks to ev­ery­one who an­swered the quick sur­vey at the end. Quick sum­mary of the re­sponses:

  • Do you want to learn other top­ics in a similar way? Yes: 77%.

  • Would you link this guide to a friend who wanted to learn about Bayes’s Rule? Definitely: 45%, prob­a­bly: 45%.

  • By the end of it, did you un­der­stand Ar­bital’s core fea­tures? Yeah: 62%, no: 15%. (Definitely a lot of room for im­prove­ment here.)

  • Over­all how was your ex­pe­rience with Ar­bital? Great: 42%, good: 42%. (Sounds like most peo­ple trans­lated this ques­tion to the same thing as the “if you’d share with a friend” ques­tion.)


Here are some of the things we’ve been work­ing on:

Dy­nam­i­cally gen­er­ated path: ob­vi­ously!

Req­ui­sites page: you can now see and change all the req­ui­sites you’ve ever in­ter­acted with.

Page con­trib­u­tors: pages now show a list of peo­ple who have con­tributed.

HTTPS ev­ery­where: keep­ing up with the cur­rent times, we are us­ing SSL to en­crypt all traf­fic to and from Ar­bital for your pro­tec­tion.

In­stant com­ments: when you cre­ate com­ments, they now in­stantly ap­pear on the page with­out a reload.

Edi­tor only com­ments: when writ­ing a new com­ment, you can choose to make it visi­ble only to the ed­i­tors of the page. Others can still see them if they choose to, but they are hid­den by de­fault.

Bug fixes and UI im­prove­ments: too many to list here, but big thanks to ev­ery­one who have sub­mit­ted a bug re­port!


Shout out to @1yq for tak­ing full ad­van­tage of our com­mu­nity in­put page.

As part of our com­mu­nity sec­tion, we’ll start pick­ing a re­cently cre­ated page that we want to high­light. Ob­vi­ously, this time around it’s Bayes’ rule: Guide. If you haven’t looked at it yet, do so now. That page shows off what Ar­bital is ca­pa­ble of.

Look­ing forward

Math domain

In ad­di­tion to value al­ign­ment, we are adding math­e­mat­ics as one of our offi­cially sup­ported do­mains. Help us out and cre­ate some good con­tent!

Public launch

This is not our offi­cial launch per-se. Like we men­tioned in the pre­vi­ous blog post, that will come to­wards the end of April. At that time we’ll open up the plat­form to more groups, com­mu­ni­ties, and in­di­vi­d­u­als for more varied kind of con­tent. We will have the nec­es­sary fea­tures and ad­just­ments in place to make sure that the com­mu­ni­ties don’t in­terfere with each other, but can still col­lab­o­rate.

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