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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 04 May 2016 08:13:20AM 0 points [-]

Have you considered sharing some version of this essay with your students? I think one of the bad things about conventional schooling (generalizing from myself) is getting the impression that the whole thing just happens, rather than that there's adult thought going into how teaching is done.

In re reading for pleasure: even if it isn't something you're teaching, at least you aren't spoiling it for your students.

I'm looking forward to your next installment.

Comment author: gjm 03 May 2016 12:26:17PM *  4 points [-]

Has Eugine's mass-downvoting got more aggressive for everyone lately, or just for me? I am getting hit for 10 points or so per day; not only old comments but (I think) every comment I post, without exception.

[EDITED to add:] Of course by "everyone" I mean all Eugine's targets. Actually I don't know who else he's gunning for at the moment; perhaps it's just me.

Perhaps some of those downvotes are from other people and/or reflect actual deficiencies in what I post. But I bet the great majority are just Eugine being Eugine.

[EDITED to add:] Actually, this is interesting. At least some of my comments that are net-positive have lots of downvotes, in some cases more than seems plausible "organically". E.g., this one appears to be on +7-5; I'm not sure it really deserves +7, but I'm extremely sure it doesn't deserve -5. This one appears to be +6-5; a natural -5 seems more plausible here but still unlikely. This one is on +3-4. Some more, all mysteriously on just enough downvotes to come out negative: +1-2, +3-4, +2-3, +2-3, +2-3, +3-4, +2-3, +4-5, +3-4, +2-3, +3-4, +3-4. That's twelve consecutive comments from my overview page, all of which just happen to be on exactly -1 despite substantial numbers of votes overall.

I expect some of those downvotes are honest downvotes. But I reckon (p=0.9) Eugine has a new strategy (well done, Eugine! Such creativity!): instead of downvoting everything once, downvote everything to -1 unless you run out of sockpuppets. (And we have weak evidence that Eugine has exactly 5 downvoting sockpuppets right now.)

[EDITED again to add:] Actually, it's more like 30 points per day right now. I wonder what fraction of all upvotes and downvotes on LW in the last week have been Eugine.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 03 May 2016 03:46:12PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for posting this. I've forwarded it to tech support.

How do you find new accounts?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 01 May 2016 05:36:43PM 1 point [-]

On the other hand, people can only be obligated to achieve what is possible, and hedge loss might be inevitable.

There might be a long haul project of lowering the status of sloppy science journalism, but this is very long term.

I assume authors control the titles for journal articles. They don't for journalism.

Comment author: qsz 29 April 2016 03:58:43PM 0 points [-]

Thank you! However, this appears to miss anything that is "Promoted". The only recent example is Free CFAR summer programs, and before that the LW survey. If other posts get promoted they may also get overlooked by browing from Discussion.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 29 April 2016 04:26:20PM 0 points [-]

Main is still a separate section, even there isn't much happening there.

You can get new posts in Main from http://lesswrong.com/new/

There may not be a convenient way of tracking new comments on non-promoted posts in Main.

Comment author: qsz 29 April 2016 02:20:51PM *  1 point [-]

Like a number of people I browse LW by using the "recentposts" URL to avoid missing anything new. However in the sidebar it appears that "recent comments" and "recent posts" only seem to show those in Main/Promoted. With the move away from the use of Main, does this need to be fixed? Or is it not worth the effort given dwindling comment levels here and the eventual shift to a LW2.0?

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 29 April 2016 02:33:41PM 0 points [-]

If you start from the Discussion page, you'll get the recent posts and recent comments for Discussion.

Comment author: ChristianKl 28 April 2016 06:24:10PM -2 points [-]

For some reason both your post and gjm got downvoted. Being able to see who cast the downvote might very well be a way to identify further downvotes.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 28 April 2016 06:28:08PM -2 points [-]

I've contacted support about this. Thanks for the heads-up. I caught that one myself, but that doesn't mean I'll catch all of them.

Comment author: gjm 28 April 2016 01:30:40PM *  -1 points [-]
Comment author: NancyLebovitz 28 April 2016 04:18:32PM -2 points [-]

Thanks. Banned. I'd already caught the first, but not the second.

Comment author: Viliam 28 April 2016 10:51:54AM 0 points [-]

Another spammer here.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 28 April 2016 04:17:58PM 2 points [-]

Thanks, Banned.

Comment author: Brillyant 26 April 2016 06:59:00PM 2 points [-]

What if his fourth strategy is to get all the people on Less Wrong to talk about Eugine Noir more than anything else thereby allowing his ideas to get notoriety?

I would never have paid attention to his comments sans the furor. As it is, I find myself interested in what views he has and why LW is so opposed to them.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 28 April 2016 04:11:01PM 0 points [-]

The problem isn't just that talking about Nier might promulgate his ideas. It's that talking about him means not talking about anything more important and/or interesting.

Comment author: Furcas 26 April 2016 03:04:13PM 0 points [-]

Do you already have something written on the subject? I'd like to read it.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 26 April 2016 04:58:12PM 0 points [-]

No. It would probably be worth doing but difficult, since evaluating truth or at least plausibility depends on a complex web of assumptions.

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