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[Link] Bindings and assurances

1 Post author: Benquo 13 March 2017 05:06PM

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Comment author: gjm 14 March 2017 11:38:17AM 6 points [-]

Super-brief sketchy summary for those wondering whether to follow the link (I do wish there were a community norm that people making link posts provide such summaries):

Link is to a blog-post by Benquo, which considers what sort of thing a pledge or promise is, what it does, and how to understand it. (Context: recent discussion among Effective Altruists of the "Giving What We Can" pledge and how strong a commitment it should be understood as.) Proposes that a key way of thinking about a pledge is as a prediction of future behaviour on which others may rely; so when considering whether to make such a pledge you should consider how confidently you can make that prediction.

Comment author: lifelonglearner 14 March 2017 08:16:46PM 3 points [-]

+1 To the community norm thing. I've been trying to do this on/off as well.

I think it'd be good if we made it a rule that people who submit links are also obligated to submit a short summary.