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29 Post author: CarlShulman 23 September 2010 05:33AM

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Comment author: patrissimo 29 September 2010 05:26:30PM 2 points [-]

Wow, I expect this kind of naivete from normal people, but not from LWers. This is exactly the sort of bias-influenced human behavior that LW should be teaching you to understand. It's more Hansonian than Yudkowskian, but still.

Politics is not about policy. Donors are signaling affiliation. No one will use this service.

Vote. Down.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 29 September 2010 11:27:56PM 5 points [-]

So you predict also that no one used Nader Trader?
What is your detailed theory of politics that distinguishes them?

Comment author: JGWeissman 29 September 2010 10:27:18PM 2 points [-]

Politics is not about policy. Donors are signaling affiliation.

Probably true, but that isn't how donors see themselves. The idea here is to let them achieve the goals they proclaim, while still signaling their affiliation.

Comment author: wedrifid 30 September 2010 12:59:19AM 0 points [-]

The idea here is to let them achieve the goals they proclaim, while still signaling their affiliation.

It would seem to be aimed at those with multiple signals they wish to send. (Political affiliation, charitable contribution, a general attitude along the lines of efficiency). It seems most likely to appeal to those who would otherwise be directly donating to charities but want a bit extra out of their contribution.

Comment author: wedrifid 30 September 2010 12:53:14AM *  1 point [-]

Politics is not about policy. Donors are signaling affiliation. No one will use this service.

Your conclusion doesn't follow from the premises (which are well understood by those involved).

Comment author: b1shop 29 September 2010 10:04:22PM 1 point [-]

What if you give every donor a profile page that shows what causes you've defunded? What if you linked your facebook to a chart showing how much you've kept away from pro-life/pro-choice lobbyists?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems like an opportunity to signal tons of group affiliation, intelligence, and compassion.