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Comment author: Rain 14 May 2011 11:02:06PM *  39 points [-]

For every non-duplicate comment replying to this one praising me for my right action, I will donate $10 to SIAI, up to a cap of $1010, with the count ending on 1 June 2011. Also accepting private messages.

Edit: The cap was met on 30 May. Donation of $1010 made.

Comment author: Rain 31 May 2011 12:37:35AM 11 points [-]

I just made the donation of $1010. Thanks to all those who commented!

Comment author: Psy-Kosh 21 May 2011 05:06:58PM 8 points [-]

I do a virtual Rain dance to honor this right action.

Further, I compound this by donating an additional $30 myself to SIAI right now.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 16 May 2011 09:41:09AM 6 points [-]

I momentarily stopped to think about a way to make this praise-comment clever. When I couldn't, on the spot, come up with anything clever enough, I considered waiting until I would. But then I realized that that might make me forget to comment entirely! So let me now praise you for your wonderful deed, which provides SIAI money, acts of creativity to us, and great well-being in the form of positive emotions and group bonding to everyone! Huzzah!

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 15 May 2011 01:45:33AM 14 points [-]

This comment inspired me to make a donation to Village Reach. Your right action just got $350 worth of preventative medical care for kids, plus this praising comment.

Comment deleted 15 May 2011 01:56:43PM [-]
Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 15 May 2011 03:24:10PM 1 point [-]

It's complicated. Just take my word for it that I wanted to but wasn't able to.

Comment author: Armok_GoB 15 May 2011 04:54:18PM 1 point [-]

Oh. Ok no problem in that case.

Comment author: Cyan 18 May 2011 01:19:20AM 5 points [-]

l33t pr41z Ph0R R41N. j00 r0X0R!

Comment author: [deleted] 17 May 2011 08:54:07PM 5 points [-]

Public commitment is a great way to improve one's chances of right action. And the "praise me" part of the set-up lets you potentially get even more warm fuzzies than the donation would alone! Nice job of community-usage and self-manipulation to get something productive done. Seriously.

Comment author: Kutta 15 May 2011 08:58:47PM 5 points [-]

All my praise are belong to you.

Comment author: MixedNuts 15 May 2011 01:31:37AM 9 points [-]

I will extol thee, my fellow LessWronger, O SIAI donor, and I will bless thy name until June 1. Every day I will bless thee; and I will praise thy name until June 1. Great is Rain, and greatly to be praised; and eir greatness is searchable and indexed by Google.

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 15 May 2011 12:52:14AM 8 points [-]

Your action is particularly right in not requiring that every user must limit the amount of praise to one comment.

Comment author: [deleted] 27 May 2011 10:39:37AM *  3 points [-]

I praise you for having the wisdom of using a long enough deadline. When I first read your comment, it felt like you were exploiting me, as if you were forcing me to share my limited praise resources. But because I had enough time, I got over myself, realized that this is not a zero-sum game, that this is not an attack on my status and that what you are doing is clever and good.

Well done, I praise you for your right action.

Comment author: rhollerith_dot_com 19 May 2011 09:36:08PM *  3 points [-]

I commend anyone who donates to SIAI unless the donor acquired the assets by stealing, defrauding or otherwise imposing undeserved harm on another -- and based on his writings here, the latter seems very unlikely in Rain's case.

Comment author: LucasSloan 19 May 2011 08:10:15PM 3 points [-]

And unto the ten thousandth generation, they sing Rain's praises for he saves 80 of them for each donation. Thank you very much for doing this.

Comment author: MixedNuts 20 May 2011 08:22:45PM 2 points [-]

I can't find your source for that number. I'm interested.

Comment author: LucasSloan 22 May 2011 08:43:11AM 2 points [-]


Anna Salamon calculates that a dollar donated to SI saves on average 8 human lives.

Comment author: lsparrish 18 May 2011 03:35:38AM 3 points [-]

I praise you for your right action. Also, here is a random string of integers to prove the non-duplicate nature of my comment: 5224818730

Comment author: Alicorn 18 May 2011 03:36:06AM 2 points [-]

How did you generate those integers? Are they really random?!

Comment author: lsparrish 18 May 2011 05:06:46AM 2 points [-]

Here is the link I used.

Comment author: XFrequentist 16 May 2011 01:48:37AM 3 points [-]

Props for your righteous action!

clenched fist salutes

Comment author: CarlShulman 15 May 2011 07:09:10PM *  3 points [-]

I praise you for this specific right action, and for the virtuous character and skills that it signals (honestly, based on other available info).

Comment author: Rain 15 May 2011 01:47:08PM *  7 points [-]

I'll pat myself on the back for coming up with this idea, which has promised $340 to SIAI as of me submitting this comment.

Comment author: steven0461 15 May 2011 07:45:53PM *  5 points [-]

This way of doing things is pretty cool, because now not only do you get to feel good for taking a right action, others get to feel good for getting you to do it, and you get to feel good for getting others to get you to do it.

Comment author: Larks 15 May 2011 12:12:18AM 5 points [-]

Congratulations on doing a thing closer to the best thing than many other relevant alternatives!

Comment author: purpleposeidon 20 May 2011 09:26:42AM 2 points [-]

Our multitude of voices exalting Rain's donation rebound off the faster-approaching towers of the Singularity!

Comment author: wallowinmaya 19 May 2011 09:56:01PM 2 points [-]

You are awesome and your action is praiseworthy!

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 18 May 2011 01:14:31AM 2 points [-]

Yet more praises rain on Rain.

Comment author: Zack_M_Davis 17 May 2011 06:39:27PM 2 points [-]

I too praise this right action.

Comment author: gscshoyru 17 May 2011 06:04:11PM 2 points [-]

Sweet. A free (for me) way to donate money. Thank you very much for providing this opportunity (i.e. I praise you for your right action.)

Comment author: Cunya 17 May 2011 05:56:11AM *  2 points [-]

Cunya praises your right action!

Comment author: Ori93 17 May 2011 05:10:04AM 2 points [-]

Thanks for your right action! I sincerely praise you.

Comment author: Tyrrell_McAllister 16 May 2011 02:31:24PM *  2 points [-]

For your right action, I praise you.

Comment author: Miller 16 May 2011 11:22:03AM 2 points [-]

I could probably come up with some contrarian rationalization not to praise you, but I'll just not do that. Praise to you for making this minute more useful to the world than my last minute.

Comment author: MixedNuts 16 May 2011 11:13:08AM 2 points [-]

Usually, donating conditionally would be less right than unconditionally and asking for praise later. Yet in this context, knock-on effects make it righter. Major props.

Comment author: Nisan 16 May 2011 03:49:04AM 2 points [-]

I praise you for this right action.

Comment author: jasonmcdowell 16 May 2011 12:24:50AM *  2 points [-]

I praise you for your right action. Not only does your action have recursive beauty, but it also, like a socio-volitional whirlpool, a decision-theoretic attractor, guides me by example.

Edit: Ah, so that's what you meant by duplicate.

Comment author: loqi 15 May 2011 11:19:32PM 2 points [-]

I hereby extend my praise for:

  • Your right action.
  • Its contextual awesomeness.
  • Setting up a utility gradient that basically forces me to reply to your comment, itself a novel experience.
Comment author: EStokes 15 May 2011 09:29:32PM 2 points [-]

Thanks for doing such a great thing! :D

Comment author: realitygrill 15 May 2011 08:38:06PM 2 points [-]

Oh Rain, I praise thou so that your status may soar (temporarily) for your right action!

Comment author: Nick_Roy 15 May 2011 08:20:53PM 2 points [-]

I praise you for you right action, Rain. I honestly do.

Comment author: MinibearRex 15 May 2011 07:30:49PM 2 points [-]

The Knights Who Say Ni salute your noble undertaking, provided that you first build a working cello out of toothpicks.

Comment author: cousin_it 15 May 2011 11:33:03AM 4 points [-]

I hereby praise ya. Make it rain for the singularity!

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 15 May 2011 12:31:18AM 3 points [-]

Kudos for a right action!

Comment author: MichaelHoward 15 May 2011 12:30:40AM 3 points [-]

For your act of righteousness, this comment praises you.

Comment author: Yvain 15 May 2011 12:18:35AM 3 points [-]

This is an excellent action! Commendations and praise be to you!

Comment author: Giles 14 May 2011 11:31:12PM 3 points [-]

My own donations to SIAI are currently limited by the peer pressure not to donate, rather than my actual available funds. As such, replying to your comment gives me an excellent way to donate by stealth. Praise for your weird brilliance!

Comment author: Oscar_Cunningham 15 May 2011 07:40:55AM *  3 points [-]

Excellent! You've made my day better and done something good at the same time!

ETA: To be clear, the word "Excellent!" is praise.

Comment author: EchoingHorror 15 May 2011 04:07:04AM 3 points [-]

Your action, praise, do I.

  • Rationalist!Yoda
Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 14 May 2011 11:55:57PM 3 points [-]

I praise this right action.

Comment author: AlexMennen 17 May 2011 07:49:02PM 2 points [-]

Good for you. Allowing other people to force you to do what you should be doing anyway is a great way to increase utility!

Comment author: Mercurial 15 May 2011 12:15:27AM 2 points [-]

Praise for right action! Thanks for doing this!

Comment author: arundelo 14 May 2011 11:51:51PM 2 points [-]

I hereby praise you for your right action. My username is arundelo.

Comment author: arundelo 14 May 2011 11:55:43PM 2 points [-]

Yes, a somewhat munchkinish way of fulfilling the non-duplicate requirement. Thanks for the free $10!

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 14 May 2011 11:33:44PM *  2 points [-]

Upvoted and replied. Kudos to you for the right action!

Comment author: Barry_Cotter 14 May 2011 11:22:54PM 2 points [-]

Praise for right action. Attempting to do good should have positive EV, let's encourage that.

Comment author: Alicorn 14 May 2011 11:05:26PM *  2 points [-]

*hugs* for donations to reduce x-risk!

Comment author: Gedusa 15 May 2011 06:42:39PM 2 points [-]

Your right action is most excellent!

Comment author: Giles 15 May 2011 06:33:48PM 2 points [-]

I praise this act of taking a snarky comment literally and turning it into something wonderful. If this idea takes hold, we'll either see less snarkiness or more wonder.

Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 15 May 2011 03:59:50PM 2 points [-]

I praise you for your right action.

Comment author: Benquo 15 May 2011 02:05:23PM 2 points [-]

This is good and right of you. I approve.

Comment author: cousin_it 15 May 2011 11:36:31AM *  2 points [-]

Aaaand, you also get a 2X Praise Bonus! Thanks to Nesov for the suggestion.

Comment author: FAWS 15 May 2011 10:53:55AM 2 points [-]

Praised be this commitment of action by Rain.

Comment author: XiXiDu 15 May 2011 09:28:00AM 2 points [-]

I praise you for acting less wrong.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 15 May 2011 08:55:23AM 2 points [-]

Thanks and compliments for your right action.

Comment author: Zetetic 15 May 2011 07:27:06AM 2 points [-]

You've my sincerest praise for this right and good action.

Comment author: Emile 15 May 2011 06:11:21AM 2 points [-]

Such an action is worthy of the praise it received!

Comment author: ata 15 May 2011 05:24:31AM *  2 points [-]

Praise and blessings be upon thy name!

Comment author: Will_Newsome 15 May 2011 04:47:09AM 2 points [-]

Praise be to you for your right action! May you be blessed by the gods.

Comment author: Automaton 15 May 2011 03:07:31AM 2 points [-]

I praise you for acting rightly.

Comment author: Dorikka 15 May 2011 02:46:18AM 2 points [-]


Comment author: [deleted] 15 May 2011 01:48:29AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: Bongo 15 May 2011 01:03:29AM *  2 points [-]
*praises Rain*
Comment author: Armok_GoB 15 May 2011 02:01:11PM 2 points [-]

Hugs Rain in a way signifying the praisworthyness of this very right action! ^_^

Comment author: Armok_GoB 15 May 2011 01:55:45PM 2 points [-]

I hereby declare your action to be praised by me.

Comment author: Eneasz 18 May 2011 10:03:51PM 1 point [-]

Praise be unto Rain and the right action he is to undertake!

Comment author: MartinB 19 May 2011 01:27:54PM 1 point [-]

Praise + action

Comment author: atucker 18 May 2011 06:05:47PM *  1 point [-]

Wow. That's really awesome for you to do.

Praise for Rain, and Rain's right action!

Comment author: curiousepic 16 May 2011 06:14:09PM 1 point [-]

I certainly hope you mean non-duplicate per-user, since I'm not going to read through every one of the comments to ensure that my response is non-duplicate. In any case, I sing your praise on high.

Comment author: Synzael 23 May 2011 05:01:50PM 1 point [-]

Thank you ^_^ i really appreciate you supporting a path towards a FAI singularity.

Comment author: endoself 21 May 2011 05:08:55PM 1 point [-]

I praise your right action.

Comment author: Karl 18 May 2011 01:56:22AM 1 point [-]

Congratulation for raising the expected utility of the future!

Comment deleted 15 May 2011 07:14:33PM [-]
Comment author: steven0461 15 May 2011 07:25:11PM 2 points [-]

Hmm, I wish I knew how to avoid this post polluting the "Recent Comments" list.

Rain accepts PMs.