Elephant in the Brain style model of signaling:

Actually showing that you have XYZ skill/trait is the most beneficial thing you can do, because others can verify you've got the goods and will hire your / like you / be on your team. So now there's an incentive for everyone to be constantly displaying there skills/traits. This takes up a lot of time and energy, and I'm gonna guess that anti-competition norms created "showing off" as a bad thing to do to prevent this "over saturation".

So if there's an "no showing-off" norm, what can you do? You signal (do non direct things to try and convey you have a skill or trait). It's still often that people signal all the time and it takes up time and energy, but it does seem a bit less wasteful than everyone "showing off" all the time.

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Thanks on reminding me of nuance. Yeah, the "badly" does a lot of work, but also puts me in the right head space to guess at when I do and don't think real people would get annoyed at someone "showing off".

2Ruby1yThis has been my model too, deriving from EitB. But it's probably not just about preventing the over-saturation, it's also to the benefit of those who are more skilled at signaling covertly to promote a norm that disadvantages who only have skills, but not the covert-signaling skills.
2Hazard1yYeah, I see those playing together in the form of the base norm being about anti-competition, and then people can't want to enforce the norm from general "I'll get punished if I don't support it" and "I personally can skillfully subvert, so enforcing this norm helps me keep the unskilled out".

Hazard's Shortform Feed

by Hazard 1 min read4th Feb 2018219 comments

In light of reading through Raemon's shortform feed, I'm making my own. Here will be smaller ideas that are on my mind.