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Comment author: JacobLiechty 22 January 2017 07:06:12AM 0 points [-]

if I were in the position of metatroll, I would take it as a perceived smugness

Ah, you're right! That response seems pretty likely, especially given the conversational norms I'm less familiar with around here. De-escalation is a difficult but useful art.

Comment author: jam_brand 23 January 2017 07:41:39AM 1 point [-]

FWLIW, I took "I've never heard of metatroll either, but I won't hold that against them :)" as intended to have a net-de√ęscalatory effect, even if it didn't seem to be entirely subtext-free. (and this combination of attributes is not something I have a problem with)

Comment author: siIver 02 January 2017 01:20:01AM 6 points [-]

Link is missing!

Comment author: jam_brand 03 January 2017 01:50:32AM 2 points [-]

Apparently it's supposed to link here.

Comment author: [deleted] 19 June 2016 08:09:12PM 1 point [-]
In response to comment by [deleted] on Diaspora roundup thread, 15th June 2016
Comment author: jam_brand 22 June 2016 08:57:22AM *  0 points [-]

FYI, this is the original source of that top line you're quoting: http://asofterworld.com/index.php?id=740

(the alt-text might[n't] also be noteworthy to you, which reads "Understanding is for terrorists.")

Comment author: Magnap 12 October 2015 11:11:47PM 5 points [-]

Hi! Semi-new lurker here. What is the current etiquette on necroing? I didn't find any official ettiquette guide.

Comment author: jam_brand 12 October 2015 11:23:05PM 7 points [-]

Feel free to comment -- since only the user you're replying to (and anyone that has chosen to subscribe to updates for that specific post) is notified, you don't need to fear being a distraction to masses of people who might no longer care.

Comment author: Bryan-san 06 October 2015 02:57:41AM 3 points [-]

At the end of the day, I hope this will have been a cowpox situation and lead people to be better informed at avoiding actual dangerous information hazard situations in the future.

I seem to remember reading a FAQ for "what to do if you think you have an idea that may be dangerous" in the past. If you know what I'm talking about, maybe link it at the end of the article?

Comment author: jam_brand 08 October 2015 05:52:25PM 1 point [-]

Perhaps the article you read was Yvain's The Virtue of Silence?

Comment author: Houshalter 01 September 2015 05:04:12AM 0 points [-]

Why is Lesswrong in comic sans?

Comment author: jam_brand 01 September 2015 06:05:04AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: cousin_it 14 August 2015 03:28:25PM *  4 points [-]

OK, here's my next attempt with a well-drawn owl that looks scary instead of cute. What do you think?

Comment author: jam_brand 17 August 2015 08:27:38PM 0 points [-]

I strongly dislike this. The head seems too ornate and the outline reminds me of so-called "tribal" tattoos, which seems low status. The body being subtly asymmetrical is a slight annoyance as well and with the owl now being centered in the image I think the subtitle should be too.

Comment author: Username 15 August 2015 03:59:47PM *  2 points [-]

Murder is basically a victimless crime, because when you murder someone, there is no one left to be a victim. Murderers should be punished only for inconveniences that murder caused to other people who are still living.

Causing extinction of humanity would be a perfect victimless crime.

Comment author: jam_brand 17 August 2015 06:43:28PM 0 points [-]

An additional reason to punish defection is to disincentivize would-be defectors in the future since they know they too would be risking such punishment.

Comment author: jam_brand 17 August 2015 05:01:03PM 1 point [-]

Seeing as how you're potentially willing to put money toward this, have you considering running a contest?

In response to comment by [deleted] on Open Thread, Jul. 27 - Aug 02, 2015
Comment author: James_Miller 28 July 2015 05:05:01AM 6 points [-]

Sometimes I will be talking to a student, and be perfectly happy to talk with her until a minute before my next class starts, but I'm uncertain of the time. If I make any visible effort to look at the time, however, she will take it as a sign that I want to immediately end our conversation, so I could use your described device.

Comment author: jam_brand 28 July 2015 08:38:09AM 8 points [-]

While I'm sure you've thought of setting silent alarms on your phone, a slightly less obvious idea would be to get a watch that has a vibrating alarm capability.

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