I endorse this retracted comment as probably the best plain literal answer to the questions presented. (But unfortunately need to Lumley-proof it.)

Credibility. Should you maximize it, or minimize it?

I should maximise it.

Have I made an error?

Likely. Please give a one sentence description of your terminal values (or equivalent). Without that the question is meaningless.

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To clarify, since there seems to be a misunderstanding, my comment was not specifically directed at you, nor was I a downvoter of this comment.


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?