You know what else is a possible username? WillNewsome. NillWoosome. It'll be pesky deleting all those accounts and posts, if I do decide to troll the fuck out of everyone.

Yes, you could be a pest. You are probably also resourceful enough to escalate to the level of criminal behavior up to and including multiple assassinations of prominent lesswrong users if you really wanted to. The fact that someone is physically possible of doing undesirable things to you at a cost to themselves isn't always a good reason to comply to their demands.

The fact that someone is physically possible of doing undesirable things to you at a cost to themselves isn't always a good reason to comply to their demands.

It is, however, always a good reason to consider complying with their demands. And to consider compromise. And to consider whether your position is emotionally driven by our natural values of winning and slapping down challengers, and not rationally aligned with many of your other values.

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This post is for sacrificing my credibility!

by Will_Newsome 1 min read2nd Jun 2012347 comments

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Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Don't worry, there won't be future posts like this, so you don't have to delete my LessWrong account, and anyway I could make another, and another.

But since you've dared to read this far:

Credibility. Should you maximize it, or minimize it? Have I made an error?

Discuss.

Don't be shallow, don't just consider the obvious points. Consider that I've thought about this for many, many hours, and that you don't have any privileged information. Whence our disagreement, if one exists?