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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 January 2009 05:28AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 13 January 2009 07:59:45PM 8 points [-]

the question I have to ask is "Will this drive more than 5% of my reading audience insane?"

If you have to ask that question, publish.

Spoken like a man who's never actually driven any of his readers insane.

I propose that general class of poke-the-taboo is a fourth, non useful direction, "modernarttopia". Suggestions should poke something the public isn't even aware is a taboo.

Well put. Although it's okay to have a scenario that violates something the public is aware as a taboo, as long as the violation is surprising and has a surprising fun-theoretical reason. It's mostly the obvious that traps you.

Comment author: Aegeus 09 February 2011 03:38:21AM 7 points [-]

Have you ever driven your readers insane? If yes, I'd like to hear that story. And are we talking "mildly unsettled" or "get a straitjacket"?

Comment author: lessdazed 07 April 2011 08:18:14PM 3 points [-]

I'd like to hear that story.

I think that's almost certainly true. But if you did hear the story, would you wish you hadn't?