SlateStarCodex Virtual Meetup Rooms

Thanks for attending the Zoom talk. Please join us in one of the chat rooms below. If you have trouble with Hubs, see the FAQ at the bottom of the page. If a room is full, please come back to this page and move to the next room. Don’t stay in the lobby as too many in the lobby can cause lag:

1. hub.link/Zd85BZs

2. hub.link/q7PLxgT

For those who don’t like Hubs, we also have this ChatRPG room:

3. ChatRPG Beta: https://chatrpg.pw/btz7h20v

Hub’s FAQ:

Is VR equipment required?

No. VR equipment is supported but not required. Most will not be using such equipment. 

How do I move in Hubs?

This link here covers the full controls: 

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/hubs-keyboard-and-mouse-controls

If you have a mouse, please use that when in Hubs. A trackpad is workable but a mouse works much better, as Hubs requires you to click when moving your view, which can be difficult with a trackpad.

In the event you don’t have access to a mouse and your trackpad proves cumbersome, “Q” and “E” can also be used to change your orientation. 

How do I change my name/avatar in Hubs?

This can be done in the hamburger menu on the top-left side of the screen under “Set name and avatar.”

I request everyone avoid the “realistic” human avatars as well as Quantum Fox and the faceless man, as the movements they make to indicate their wearer is talking are far too subtle. The robots, bobble-headed humans, square-headed entities of indeterminate origin, and animal avatars all do this much more effectively. 

It would be nice to minimize duplicates, so try to pick an avatar you think few people will pick even after you take into account the fact that they, too, have read this sentence.

Then click the hamburger menu on the top-left and click “Set name and Avatar”. While you are there, please change your name to your real name or SSC/LessWrong handle.

Once done, make sure to click your name in the right-hand corner and register with your email to save your settings.

Hubs does not run well on my computer, anything I can do?

You can join the gather.town room here: https://gather.town/9L7wvxwAd3eIYsuH/ssc5

Audio issues, why can’t people hear me?

The volume of a speaker decreases with distance in Hubs. Try getting closer to people.

If you are still having audio issues, as always with such things test your audio and mic by recording a memo on your computer’s default memo software. 

If that works, then the next most likely problem is your browser has not granted permission to Hubs to access your headset and mic. If you click the lock icon on the top-left of your address bar, permissions can be adjusted there in both Chrome and Firefox.

What should I do if I meet a troll?

If someone is bothering you, you can mute them selectively by holding your space bar while looking at them.

If you hide or mute someone by mistake, you can undo this by selecting their name on the top-right menu. 

How do I enter the room?

To enter the room without VR, go to on of the links at the top of this page. Then just click “Enter Room” and “Enter on Screen”.

If you are using an Oculus Quest that is not in link mode, click “Enter on Standalone VR device” and follow the instructions on screen. 

If you are using a PC-connected VR device (including an Oculus Quest with Quest Link enabled), switch your browser to Firefox and go to one of the links above. Then click “Enter,” then “Connected VR headset.” 

Can I hang out in your Hubs room outside of official meeting hours?

The SSC/LessWrong Meetup room is always open. Feel free to join it any time. But note, any objects you create will be deleted before the next meeting. 

I have a custom avatar; can I use it?

Hubs supports the import of GLB files for avatars. If you have one you would rather use over the built-in avatars, feel free to do so.

Are there any rules on what avatars we can choose?

Because someone came in the form of a dachshund the size of a small apartment building, I have instituted a rule that you cannot have an avatar larger than an SUV. 

But I feel most comfortable when instantiated in a body of supernormal size. Can you make an exception?

Is an SUV not supernormal enough to satisfy this bizarre impulse? 

Let’s say it isn’t.

Well, you see, your size imposes a negative externality on other users, decreasing their enjoyment of the meeting. We have to account for that. So unfortunately, I can’t make an exception. 

What if the utility I gain from being a dachshund the size of a small apartment building exceeds the summed decrements in utility this causes others?

Well…then we are all in luck. You see, the Hubs metaverse is scaled such that the average avatar, were they transplanted into our world, would be the size of a small apartment building. It is merely an illusion of perspective that most avatars do not appear to be the size of a small apartment building. Thus, merely by showing up as a dachshund you will gain the utility you crave while avoiding imposing upon others.

What if the utility I gain from being a dachshund that, relative to the median avatar, appears to be the size of a small apartment building exceeds the summed decrements in utility this causes others?

Then you would be a sort of positional utility monster. Unfortunately, here at the SSC/LessWrong Mozilla Hubs Meetup we have precommitted to following a strict deontological rule which obliges us to ban all such creatures. 

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