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wedrifid comments on LW's first job ad - Less Wrong

3 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 September 2010 10:04AM

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Comment author: mattnewport 16 September 2010 06:02:21PM *  3 points [-]

Indirect answer: recruitment agencies do not keep potential employers anonymous.

They do with their initial adverts (to prevent interested candidates from applying directly to the company and cutting them out of the deal). Obviously once you actually make contact with a potential employer you find out who they are. I imagine the same applies here.

Comment author: wedrifid 16 September 2010 06:22:59PM *  3 points [-]

Lesswrong is not a recruitment agency. Posting a job ad here is more akin to spreading word to a broad social network.

Anonymous impersonal job ads here are fairly close to spam. A post mentioning a job by an associated organisation or known individual would be far less so.

Comment author: PhilGoetz 16 September 2010 08:31:17PM 7 points [-]

Reacting to this specific instance rather than to general principles, I think the advertised job is awesome, and I appreciate it being posted here, as it had a non-negligible chance of making my life more awesome.

Comment author: [deleted] 16 September 2010 09:58:55PM *  0 points [-]

Finally, I was already afraid I'm the only one to see it that way.

Though I will admit when I first read that I thought P(Elizer is messing with us) > P(Awesome job opening here).

Comment author: mattnewport 16 September 2010 06:26:37PM 1 point [-]

I have no strong opinion on the appropriateness of the post. I was merely disagreeing with the claim that "An anonymous job listing triggers an entire category of red flags that a reasonable person would do well to have."

Comment author: wedrifid 17 September 2010 04:22:35AM 0 points [-]

I have no strong opinion on the appropriateness of the post.

Nor do I come to think of it. I was reacting to the idea that lesswrong is free advertising for a job agency. That would be inappropriate.