What would a mod do? I can create endless sockpuppets from endless proxies.

It takes you from being an established user associated with a real person that many of us have met in person to just a little vandalism to be ignored.

What makes Will_Newsome trollishness significant is that all else being equal a lot of us want to talk to Will_Newsome, which bipasses our better judgement and makes threads like this more disruptive than they otherwise would be.

Oh so he should be banned because he has established a reputation (sorry will, yes it would appear you have established credibility) and is now spending it on something you don't like.

Yogi Berra once said about a certain restaurant that nobody goes there anymore because it is too crowded. Ban the restaurant! Ban Yogi Berra!


This post is for sacrificing my credibility!

by Will_Newsome 1 min read2nd Jun 2012347 comments


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?


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?