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IlyaShpitser comments on LW 2.0 Strategic Overview - Less Wrong

47 Post author: Habryka 15 September 2017 03:00AM

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Comment author: IlyaShpitser 17 September 2017 02:05:36AM *  0 points [-]

Vaniver, I sympathize with the desire to automate figuring out who experts are via point systems, but consider that even in academia (with a built-in citation pagerank), people still rely on names. That's evidence about pagerank systems not being great on their own. People game the hell out of citations.


Probably should weigh my opinion of rationality stuff quite low, I am neither a practitioner nor a historian of rationality. I have gotten gradually more pessimistic about the whole project.

Comment author: Vaniver 19 September 2017 06:34:40PM 0 points [-]

Vaniver, I sympathize with the desire to automate figuring out who experts are via point systems

To be clear, in this scheme whether or not someone had access to the expert votes would be set by hand.

Comment author: Lumifer 19 September 2017 07:42:31PM 0 points [-]

What is going to be the definition of "an expert" in LW 2.0?

Comment author: gjm 19 September 2017 10:26:35PM 0 points [-]

From context, it's clearly (conditional on the feature being there at all) "someone accepted by the administrators of the site as an expert". How they make that determination would be up to them; I would hope that (again, conditional on the thing happening at all) they would err on the side of caution and accept people as experts only in cases where few reasonable people would disagree.

Comment author: Lumifer 20 September 2017 12:28:23AM 0 points [-]

"All animals are equal... " X-)

The issue is credibility.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 18 September 2017 06:19:19AM 0 points [-]

People game the hell out of citations.

Is there anyone whose makes it their business to guard against this?

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 18 September 2017 11:30:13PM 0 points [-]

Academics make it their business, and they rely on name recognition and social networks.