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Comment author: troll 17 April 2012 08:34:44PM 13 points [-]

minimalist, 17, white, male, autodidact, atheist, libertarian, california, hacker, studying computer science, reading sequences, intellectual upbringing, 1 year bayesian rationalist, motivation deficient, focusing on skills, was creating something similar to bayesian rationality before conversion, have read hpmor (not intro to lw), interested in contributing to ai research in the future

Comment author: RichardKennaway 18 April 2012 11:20:35AM 9 points [-]

The Identikit LessWrongian!

Comment author: Oscar_Cunningham 17 April 2012 10:31:50PM *  9 points [-]

"Minimalist" is implied by the sparsity of the rest of the comment, and so is ironically redundant.

Comment author: troll 17 April 2012 10:39:47PM 9 points [-]

There are a few other reasons I could be formatting my introduction that way, such as being bad at English or writing in general. I used "minimalist" both as a heads up for the format and to draw away from the other possible explanations.

Comment author: thomblake 18 April 2012 11:56:39PM 8 points [-]

I'm sure you're aware at this point, but with that description you blend into the wallpaper.

Thank you for creating a comment to link "stereotypical Less Wrong reader". If only you were a couple of years older.

Since you're 17, have you looked into the week-long summer camp?

Comment author: troll 24 April 2012 10:42:23PM 1 point [-]

I have and I have submitted an application.

Comment author: MarkusRamikin 17 April 2012 09:08:52PM 4 points [-]

That handle bodes well.

Comment author: Multiheaded 17 April 2012 10:00:36PM 7 points [-]

On an elitist gaming forum I used to frequent (RPG Codex), we called such things "post-ironic" (meaning "post-modern as fuck online performance art").

Basically the joke is that everyone gets the joke, and that allows its author to act as if it was no joke, and self-consciously reference that fact - which is the joke.

Comment author: shokwave 17 April 2012 09:00:17PM 3 points [-]

Contrarian?

Comment author: troll 17 April 2012 09:31:29PM 10 points [-]

No.

Comment author: DSimon 19 April 2012 12:13:42AM 1 point [-]

Anti-contrarian?

Comment author: troll 24 April 2012 10:25:06PM 2 points [-]

If you mean 'against people who are contrarian', no. If you mean 'for popular opinions', no.

Comment author: Multiheaded 19 April 2012 04:21:23AM *  0 points [-]

Data point: I'm anti-contrarian (well, somewhat) in emotional sentiment, but not in any rationally held principle, and I'm trying not to mistreat contrarians, especially if I'm curious about their ideas. This might be unpleasant to admit, though, as it's basically prejudgice.

Comment author: Emile 17 April 2012 09:01:42PM 4 points [-]

Welcome to LessWrong!

(For a cheap way to give a better impression, you may want to switch to another user name)

Comment author: jimrandomh 24 April 2013 05:09:42PM 6 points [-]

Consider restarting with a different account name. Trolling (that is, trying to provoke people) is not welcome here, and when your username is "troll", people will not (and should not) give you the benefit of doubt.

Comment author: Bugmaster 24 April 2013 11:19:35PM 1 point [-]

You weren't kidding when you said "minimalist". Nicely done.

Comment author: troll 24 April 2013 11:30:22PM 1 point [-]

I guess a lot of people are interested enough in an account with the handle "troll" to check my first post, but not enough to not consider the name when reviewing posts.

Comment author: Bugmaster 24 April 2013 11:37:49PM 2 points [-]

Realistically, when someone replies to one of my posts on some long thread, I don't take the time to click through their handle and find their own intro post. I don't think that doing so is a good use of my time, and I believe that I am typical in this regard. However, I do take the time to read their handle, and if it seems to say "I am not arguing in good faith", I take notice.

This gives me an idea for a new Less Wrong feature, though: allow users to enter a short descriptions of themselves, and display it when the mouse hovers over their handle for a certain amount of time. I know how I'd implement it with jQuery, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to plug into the LW general architecture.

Comment author: Sniffnoy 24 April 2013 11:51:47PM 1 point [-]

I think it would be simpler to just allow people to add a short description of themselves to the user page. (And then maybe later the hovering thing can be added if people want that.)

Comment author: Bugmaster 25 April 2013 12:11:25AM 0 points [-]

Agreed; if we had that feature, then we could write the Greasemonkey (or whatever) extension as well, since it would just scrub their user page for the description.

Comment author: gwern 25 April 2013 01:45:06AM 2 points [-]

Don't we have that as part of the linked wiki userpages?

Comment author: Sniffnoy 27 April 2013 12:26:21AM 2 points [-]

...huh. OK, how on earth do you set up that "profile" thing you have? I can't find it anywhere in the preferences. I think we need to promote this a bit more.

Comment author: gwern 27 April 2013 12:27:25AM 3 points [-]

As far as I know, you just register the exact same account name on the LW wiki, and create your userpage, and it's transcluded over automatically.

Comment author: Sniffnoy 27 April 2013 02:40:58AM 2 points [-]

Hm. OK, I made myself a user page on the Wiki a few hours ago, and I still have no profile here. Do you know how long this is supposed to take?

Comment author: troll 24 April 2013 11:43:10PM 0 points [-]

Greasemonkey or a browser extension that injects javascript?

Comment author: Bugmaster 24 April 2013 11:46:54PM 0 points [-]

How would it get the intro post, though ?