Account names

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:

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:

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.

With JavaScript enabled, it is possible to sort the table by each column.

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 Email 2010-10-19 2 2 2 2 This is my primary email address.
Facebook 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.
LessWrong Wiki Riceissa Rationality EA/R Wiki 2013-02-15 1 0 2 0
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
English Wikipedia Riceissa Various Mainstream Wiki 2014-02-02 2 0 2 2
Japanese Wikipedia Riceissa Various Mainstream Wiki 2014-08-30 1 0 1 1
WikiMedia Meta Wiki Riceissa Various Mainstream Wiki 2014-02-02 0 0 1 1
Wikidata Riceissa Various Technology Wiki 2014-02-02 0 0 1 0
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 list riceissa@gmail.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.
wikiHow Issa Rice Various Mainstream Wiki 2015-09-12 0 0 1 1
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.
LinkedIn 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.
Twitter 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.
Pinterest 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.
Patreon issarice Various Mainstream Crowdfunding 2015-09-06 0 0 1 0
Gratipay riceissa Various Mainstream Crowdfunding 2014-12-10 0 0 1 1
Medium riceissa Various Mainstream Blog 2017-08-20 2 0 2 0
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
Hacker News IssaRice Programming Technology Discussion 2014-12-27 2 0 2 0
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.
Reddit riceissa Various Mainstream Discussion 2014-09-11 2 0 2 1
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.
Goodreads riceissa Various Mainstream Social cataloging 2015-10-07 0 1 1 1
MyAnimeList riceissa Culture Japan Social cataloging 2015-12-25 0 0 1 1
Couchsurfing Issa-Rice Networking Mainstream Social media 2015-05-20 0 0 0 0
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 Email 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.
Deletionpedia Issa Rice Various Mainstream Wiki 2017-11-19 0 0 0 0