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Comment author: ChristianKl 12 February 2017 04:40:11PM *  5 points [-]

In some sense bans on lead are mandatory treatments for stupidity. The same goes for government-mandated addition of iodine to salt.

Comment author: JenniferRM 26 February 2017 08:13:44AM *  1 point [-]

It makes me sad to see non-iodized sea salt become trendy in the kinds of circles where vaccines are considered "unnatural" and kids get whooping cough.

I think there is a general issue here where "libertarianism" and "paternalism" come into conflict.

My preference in nearly all such cases is to default people into the thing that seems to honestly be the best policy, and let people opt out in a way that involves some larger or smaller trivial inconviences if they want to be contrarian for some reason.

Comment author: JenniferRM 03 February 2017 05:24:16AM 0 points [-]

What you call "facets" here seem somewhat heterogeneous to me. Some of it reminds me of techniques from Polya's How To Solve It on teaching and learning to solve math problems. Other aspects remind me of Chapman's paper on Cognitive Cliches.

Comment author: whpearson 31 January 2017 07:28:28PM *  2 points [-]

Because participating in a community that isn't helpful for what I am trying to achieve is a significant drain on my mental and temporal resources :)

I'm currently seeing how helpful it is.

Comment author: JenniferRM 01 February 2017 06:12:12AM 2 points [-]

That seems like a setup for some interesting questions!

What are you trying to achieve? How do you think the community could be helpful towards this goal? Also, how is the assessment of helpfulness going?

Comment author: lifelonglearner 30 January 2017 11:04:18PM 4 points [-]

I used to just view.

Now, I'm making an intentional effort to engage more with things. I think a community norm of voicing even simple agreement / appreciation can make this place a more enjoyable place to be.

Comment author: JenniferRM 31 January 2017 09:09:09AM 2 points [-]

Do you have a causal theory as to what changed your intention? If so, I'm curious to know how it seemed to work.

Comment author: whpearson 30 January 2017 09:10:49PM 3 points [-]

I check it a fair bit at the moment. I suspect I'll give it up in a bit.

Comment author: JenniferRM 31 January 2017 09:06:21AM 2 points [-]


Comment author: dglukhov 30 January 2017 06:18:54PM 2 points [-]

Used the poll, though I'll elaborate.

I'd probably spend more time if I wasn't busy reading the archives. I imagine this will change to more use over time.

Comment author: JenniferRM 31 January 2017 09:06:04AM 3 points [-]

Do you have heuristics for finding good stuff in the archives?

Comment author: 9eB1 30 January 2017 10:50:41PM 3 points [-]

I use a feed reader, so I check out almost all the posts and links. I click through to the comments on almost all of them as well, since that's the real point.

The reddit /r/slatestarcodex community is very active too, and I like that.

Comment author: JenniferRM 31 January 2017 09:05:06AM 2 points [-]

If you don't mind more questions... Which feed reader? Also do you look mostly for activity? Do you know of places with good quality/noise ratios, even if they are not very active?

Comment author: jimmy 31 January 2017 03:38:15AM 2 points [-]


I don't read much here anymore, and comment less (7 comment threads in the last year). I'm commenting now mostly because you specifically mentioned appreciating any response, and because of having known and respecting you personally, not because I'd normally read and comment on something like this.

I'm not aware of any other place with more shellingness on this stuff than here, but I am also skeptical of recent efforts to bring more discussion back to LW.

Comment author: JenniferRM 31 January 2017 08:55:30AM 3 points [-]

I do appreciate your response. Thank you. Also, I share your skepticism to some degree... hence this post as a data collection effort.

Comment author: gjm 30 January 2017 05:07:18PM 8 points [-]

Here, have a poll.

How often do you check the LW discussion forum?

Do you just read, or also vote or comment?

Do you bother clicking through to links?

How do you mainly read LW discussion?

Do you know of other places that make better Schelling points for LW-ish topics?


Comment author: JenniferRM 30 January 2017 05:21:28PM 3 points [-]

I appreciate the poll, but a large part of my goal was to just get a lot of comments, hopefully at the "Ping" level, because I want to see how many people are here with at least that amount of "social oomph" when the topic is themselves.

For people responding to this poll, please also give a very small overall comment that you used the poll.

Comment author: JenniferRM 30 January 2017 05:18:02PM 0 points [-]

Sousveillance might be a rather generic solution, but the right way to do it would be surveillance technologies that dump to the internet (rather than those silly unilateral necklaces).

In the past my biggest worry was that this kind of systematic sousveillance (especially in court rooms, corporate board rooms, and science labs, etc) would turn our institutions into a crappy reality TV show, possibly with poisonous effects on our democratic decision making systems.

I'm beginning to think that we will probably get the downsides of a reality-tv-show-like political system anyway, which makes my biggest personal argument against systematic sousveillance somewhat weaker than before.

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