The following table lists the account names I use on various websites. It can be used as an authoritative guide of my online presence; if you are ever unsure if an account on a website is me, you can check this table. (However, there might be a bit of a lag between when I sign up for a service and when I add it to this table.)
As with software, I like to sign up for a lot of online services to try them out, even though I know I won’t continue using most of them.
I usually use “riceissa” on most sites. This is a historical accident: when I tried to sign up for my Gmail account, “issarice” was already taken, so I picked “riceissa” instead. Since then, I’ve sort of standardized on “riceissa” for most services, although I also use “issarice”.
The “current activity” column describes how much I use the service now (the past six months, say). The numbers mean:
- 0: No activity or close to no activity (not even signed in, hardly check the site).
- 1: Use around once per month.
- 2: More than once per week.
The “total activity” column describes how much I have used the service across all time. This is an easier measure to score higher on, because it just requires that at some point in time I used a service moderately/regularly, or that I have used the service on and off over a long period of time. The numbers mean:
- 0: No activity or close to no activity.
- 1: A small to moderate amount of activity.
- 2: More than a moderate amount of activity.
For activity columns, the first number is “as consumer” and the second is “as producer”.
Regarding “forecasting” as a subject area versus “prediction” as a service type, at the moment they seem identical, but e.g. if a wiki about forecasting emerged, it would have a “forecasting” subject area but a “wiki” service type.
The “sphere” column says something about my motivation for caring about the service or how I came to know about the service in the first place. For instance, the Machine Learning Subwiki has “Vipul Naik” as its sphere rather than “Technology” because my account creation on that wiki was a direct result of being in contact with Vipul Naik rather than my general interest in technology.
The “EA/R” sphere refers to the effective altruism and rationality communities.
If you like tables like these, you might enjoy looking at the contract work I’ve done for Vipul Naik.
|Service||Account name||Subject area||Sphere||Service type||Join date||Current activity (as consumer)||Current activity (as producer)||Total activity (as consumer)||Total activity (as producer)||Notes|
|Personal website||issarice.com||Various||Mainstream||Static website||2014-09-14||1||2||2||2||This is my personal website. The service column link goes to Linode, which hosts the site.|
|Gmail||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||2010-10-19||2||2||2||2||This is my primary email address.|
|riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Social media||2014-03-29||2||1||2||2||This is the primary social networking service I use. I check Facebook a couple of times each day. I generally accept all friend requests that don’t appear to be spam; having some mutual friends or messaging me simultaneously with your friend request will let me know that your profile is genuine.|
|Messenger||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Messaging||2014-03-29||2||2||2||2||This account is technically tied to my Facebook account. These days I have Messenger open all the time while I work, and only periodically check Facebook.|
|GitHub||riceissa||Programming||Technology||Code repository||2012-02-18||2||2||2||2||My primary code (and other work) repository. GitHub also has a pastebin service called Gist, which I use. You can see my public gists.|
|Timelines Wiki||Issa||Various||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2017-03-12||2||2||2||2||I host this site. The site was created after Vipul Naik’s paid editing project on the English Wikipedia was shut down.|
|Cause Prioritization Wiki||Issa Rice||Altruism||EA/R||Wiki||2014-11-28||1||1||2||2||I host this wiki. I originally used “issa” as my account, but gitit, the software that runs the wiki, uses the committer name (in my case, “Issa Rice”, as I have Git configured to use my real name) as the account name for offline edits. Seeing this, I decided to start using “Issa Rice” for online edits as well, but continued using the “issa” account as well.|
|Content Creation Wiki||riceissa||Content creation||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2017-07-02||1||0||1||2||I am the maintainer of this wiki. The wiki is hosted through GitHub Pages so technically the account is the same as my GitHub account.|
|Quora||Issa-Rice||Various||Mainstream||Question and answer||2014-01-01||2||1||2||2||It looks like I joined right after contacting Cognito Mentoring, possibly even to read the Quora answers Cognito Mentoring linked to me. The date is the earliest email I have from Quora, so it is possible I joined a little earlier. I followed my first question on February 20, 2014.|
|LessWrong||riceissa||Rationality||EA/R||Discussion||2012-07-10||1||0||2||1||The join date is my best guess based on public activity. The first mention of LessWrong in my email record is from 2011-10-29.|
|Effective Altruism Forum||riceissa||Altruism||EA/R||Discussion||2014-09-10||2||0||2||1|
|Effective Altruism Hub||issa-rice||Altruism||EA/R||Social media||2014-11-08||1||0||1||1|
|WikiMedia Meta Wiki||Riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Wiki||2014-02-02||0||0||1||1|
|Wikiquote||Riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Wiki||2014-02-02||0||0||1||1||My first contribution is on 2017-07-14.|
|Wikibooks||Riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Wiki||2014-02-02||0||0||0||0||My first contribution is on 2014-08-30.|
|MediaWiki||Riceissa||Programming||Technology||Wiki||2014-02-02||1||0||1||0||My first contribution is on 2015-04-11.|
|WikiMedia Commons||Riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Wiki||2014-02-02||0||0||0||0||My first contribution is on 2016-07-28.|
|WikiMedia Global account||Riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Wiki||2014-02-02||0||0||0||0||This is the account that holds all my other Wikipedia-related accounts.|
|WikiMedia Analytics mailing email@example.com||Content creation||Vipul Naik||Mailing list||2016-05-31||0||0||1||1||The mailing list has official public logs but these are not easily searchable, so the link to my account is to a third party service. You can also try a Google search.|
|Pinboard||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Social bookmarking||2015-10-10||0||0||2||1||I tested out Pinboard for a year and didn’t renew my payment afterward so it is now frozen.|
|issarice||Networking||Mainstream||Social media||2014-06-27||2||0||2||1||I don’t use LinkedIn much, but feel free to connect with me.|
|riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Social media||2013-06-11||2||0||2||1||I don’t use Twitter much, and when I do it’s mostly to read what others have tweeted.|
|riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Social bookmarking||2017-02-18||0||0||0||0||I created the account after making additions to the Timeline of Pinterest page on Wikipedia – I got curious about the site and decided to play around.|
|PredictionBook||riceissa||Forecasting||EA/R||Prediction||2017-01-02||2||1||2||1||The join date is my best guess based on public activity. I’ve known about PredictionBook since 2014 or earlier, but for some reason didn’t sign up until much later.|
|Good Judgment Open||IssaRice||Forecasting||EA/R||Prediction||2016-11-12||0||0||0||0|
|Bitbucket||riceissa||Programming||Technology||Code repository||2012-07-05||0||0||2||2||I use it mainly to mirror some projects I have on GitHub.|
|GitLab||riceissa||Programming||Technology||Code repository||2017-06-19||0||0||0||0||I use GitHub instead.|
|Stack Overflow||riceissa||Programming||Technology||Question and answer||2014-03-15||2||1||2||1|
|Mathematics Stack Exchange||riceissa||Mathematics||Math||Question and answer||2012-07-10||0||0||2||1|
|Stack Exchange||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Question and answer||2012-07-10||2||0||2||1|
|Vim Tips Wiki||IssaRice||Programming||Technology||Wiki||2016-05-20||1||1||2||2|
|Cognito Mentoring Wiki||Riceissa||Mentoring||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2014-09-12||0||0||2||1||This wiki was created by Vipul Naik and Jonah Sinick.|
|Machine Learning Subwiki||IssaRice||Mathematics||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2016-05-08||0||0||0||1||This wiki was created by Vipul Naik.|
|Demography Subwiki||IssaRice||Demography||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2016-05-22||0||0||0||0||This wiki was created by Vipul Naik.|
|Calculus Subwiki||IssaRice||Mathematics||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2016-05-08||0||0||1||0||This wiki was created by Vipul Naik. Apparently I have never made an edit on this wiki.|
|Development Economics Subwiki||Issa Rice||Development economics||Vipul Naik||Wiki||2017-09-09||0||2||1||2||This wiki was created by Vipul Naik.|
|WordPress.com||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Blog||2012-07-08||2||0||2||2||The join date here is the date on which the eponymous blog was created; the join date for the account itself might be earlier.|
|Archiveteam wiki||IssaRice||Digital preservation||Technology||Wiki||2015-07-14||0||0||1||0|
|Internet Archive||@issarice||Digital preservation||Technology||Archive||2015-09-10||2||0||2||0||The join date is my best guess based on email records.|
|Disqus||riceissa||Various||Mainstream||Discussion||2012-11-22||0||0||1||0||I made a couple of scattered comments using the service but haven’t used it in years.|
|ProtonMail||riceissa||Various||Technology||2017-06-18||0||0||0||0||I signed up just to see what it’s like.|
|IndieWeb Wiki||Issarice.com||Content creation||Technology||Wiki||2017-06-19||0||0||1||0||I discovered this wiki one day while reading about linkbacks.|