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Comment author: hosford42 11 August 2015 10:18:14PM 2 points [-]

My first comment ever on this site promptly gets downvoted without explanation. If you disagree with something I said, at least speak up and say why.

Comment author: alicey 12 August 2015 12:19:18AM 1 point [-]

you're not really wrong but you're missing the point

Comment author: hosford42 12 August 2015 05:12:53PM *  1 point [-]

I didn't miss the point; I just had one of my own to add. I gave the post a thumbs-up before I made my comment, because I agree with the overwhelming majority of it and have dealt with people who have some of the confusions described therein. Anyway, thanks for explaining.

Comment author: Wes_W 12 August 2015 12:46:18AM 2 points [-]

I am the downvoter, although another one seems to have found you since. I found your comment to be a mixture of "true, but irrelevant in the context of the quote", and a restatement of non-novel ideas. This is admittedly a harsh standard to apply to a first comment (particularly since you may not have yet even read the other stuff that duplicates your point about human designers being able to avoid local optima!), so I have retracted my downvote.

Welcome to the site, I hope I haven't turned you off.

Comment author: hosford42 12 August 2015 05:08:58PM 1 point [-]

I guess relevance is a matter of perspective. I was not aware that my ideas were not novel; they were at least my own and not something I parroted from elsewhere. Thanks for taking the time to explain, and no, I feel much better now.