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Comment author: somervta 11 April 2014 06:25:50AM 3 points [-]

And, for some, the only thing.

Comment author: David_Gerard 11 April 2014 03:19:41PM -1 points [-]

Basically, kids who don't know much about an area will imprint upon the first thing they like that much.

Comment author: ChristianKl 10 April 2014 12:59:20PM 0 points [-]

Do you think that something like the naked short selling fiasco wouldn't repeat today the same way?

Comment author: David_Gerard 10 April 2014 01:09:52PM *  0 points [-]

I was in the thick of that one (blocking a pile of the Overstock.com sockpuppet army), and I think it wouldn't because spammers and paid editors are much less accepted. It also has absolutely no link to your original assertion. Do you have anything that actually supports that?

Comment author: ChristianKl 09 April 2014 03:41:59PM -1 points [-]

It's not intended to be a summary.

I spoke more about symbols than actual power. Whether or not Jimmy is "allowed" a corporate credit card from the Wikimedia Foundation is symbolic. It doesn't tell us how much power he has to shape Wikipedia policy in the direction of his own interests.

Furthermore I think that Jimmy is not the only person on the paycheck of Wikia who has an influence on Wikipedia policy. Jimmy probably recruited some of the 200 employees of Wikia out of high level Wikipedians.

Without being an Insider it's hard to estimate the extend of his political power inside Wikileaks, but I wouldn't estimate it to be low.

Comment author: David_Gerard 10 April 2014 12:58:13PM 0 points [-]

You mean, he might have this power there's no evidence for him wielding, therefore he does have the power?

This is not a good standard of evidence.

Comment author: gwern 09 April 2014 11:04:23PM 3 points [-]

What Jimbo does these days may bear little resemblance to what he was doing in those crucial years 2005-2009 where the die of WP editing culture was cast (in a different sense of 'die', if you follow).

Comment author: David_Gerard 10 April 2014 12:56:57PM *  1 point [-]

"may bear" is literally meaningless. We have every edit of the megabytes of tedious and querulous on-wiki discussion about the content rules; if you're trying to assert there's evidence for Christian's claims, then referencing to the diff is eminently possible. You were there and so was I, it'd be long-winded but shouldn't be impossible.

Comment author: ChristianKl 08 April 2014 07:31:08PM 1 point [-]

Anothe explanation would be that they had too much monetary incentives. Jimmy makes money with Wikia and when the person who wants to write his article about his favorite Pokemon goes to Wikia because it's not allowed on Wikipedia that's in Jimmy's financial interest.

Comment author: David_Gerard 10 April 2014 12:55:41PM 0 points [-]

Jimmy Wales has no editorial power now (if he says the sky is blue, 100 people will immediately compile a referenced list of all the times it's green) and he didn't then either. The people killing and merging Pokemon were pathological all by themselves. The media has a strange idea of how Wikipedia works, but it's actually completely wrong.

Comment author: JoshuaFox 08 April 2014 02:14:12PM 7 points [-]

What's so special about HPMoR?

Some people seem to think that it is more than just a decent read: that it genre-breaking, that it transcends the rules of ordinary fiction. Some people change their life-pattern after reading HPMoR. Why?

For some context on who is asking this question: I've read 400 pages or more of HPMoR; as well as pretty much everything else that Eliezer has written.

Comment author: David_Gerard 08 April 2014 02:24:40PM *  4 points [-]

That it's top-quality for its field (fanfic). That it has an active proselytising fanbase. That some of said fanbase, it's the first thing they like that much that they've seen.

In response to Stock phrases
Comment author: KnaveOfAllTrades 06 April 2014 07:41:04PM 0 points [-]

Should we have a thread for useful crystallizations to be honed into fully-fledged memes?

What would it be called? Phrase lab? Meme lab?


Comment author: David_Gerard 07 April 2014 01:28:39PM -1 points [-]

Milhouse Lab, obv.

Comment author: gwern 01 April 2014 03:29:41PM 0 points [-]

A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. An amazing and hilarious novel. Believe the hype.

Counter-recommendation: I found it vastly overrated and OK at best. (Review)

Comment author: David_Gerard 01 April 2014 10:39:09PM 0 points [-]

I think the Internet could still do with "oh, my valve!" as a meme.

Comment author: Tenoke 01 April 2014 08:37:14AM *  5 points [-]

Cenotaph, a finished Worm fanfic. Taylor doesn't get too upset with Armsmaster, doesn't join the Undersiders.

It might be featured in today's author note since Eliezer has expressed approval of the fic in the comments.

Comment author: David_Gerard 01 April 2014 09:50:24PM 2 points [-]

Reading Cenotaph now. It's excellent. If you enjoyed Worm, you'll enjoy this.

Comment author: Barry_Cotter 01 April 2014 11:19:49AM 1 point [-]

Is "Worm" finished and is there a pdf/epub/text file somewhere convenient for one behind the Great Firewall? I have heard Good Things about it.

Comment author: David_Gerard 01 April 2014 12:56:43PM *  3 points [-]

Yes and no, in that order. The author has asked that ebooks and PDFs not be made available, as he's working on a partial-rewrite with the aim of selling ebook versions for money.

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