There's too much talk of Bayesianism in fuzzy conspiracy terms and not enough "here's the maths. learn.".

Ähm, do you know of this introduction by Eliezer?

Here is another one, which I found to very helpful, by komponisto

If that does not suffice read the "Technical explanation" of ( I meant "from", albeit it's not that funny) Eliezer. And if you aspire to become a Jedi Bayesian, just read E.T. Jaynes himself.

4gwern9yYour own criticism is kind of fuzzy. What exactly does one write about? For example, would [] be the sort of Bayesian discussion you'd want to see, or is that too elementary and you'd rather something that looks like a later chapter of PT:tLoS?
16mstevens9yalso, I hate getting karma when I'd rather have a reply.

What bothers you about Less Wrong?

by Will_Newsome 1 min read19th May 2011162 comments


Or, what do you want to see more or less of from Less Wrong?

I'm thinking about community norms, content and topics discussed, karma voting patterns, et cetera. There are already posts and comment sections filled with long lists of proposed technical software changes/additions, let's not make this post another one. 

My impression is that people sometimes make discussion posts about things that bother them, and sometimes a bunch of people will agree and sometimes a bunch of people will disagree, but most people don't care that much (or they have a life or something) and thus don't want to dedicate a post just to complaining. This post is meant to make it socially and cognitively easy to offer critique.

I humbly request that you list downsides of existing policies even when you think the upsides outweigh them, for all the obvious reasons. I also humbly request that you list a critique/gripe even if you don't want to bother explaining why you have that critique/gripe, and even in cases where you think your gripe is, ahem, "irrational". In general, I think it'd be really cool if we erred on the side of listing things which might be problems even if there's no obvious solution or no real cause for complaint except for personal distaste for the color green (for example).

I arrogantly request that we try to avoid impulsive downvoting and non-niceness for the duration of this post (and others like it). If someone wants to complain that Less Wrong is a little cultish without explaining why then downvoting them to oblivion, while admittedly kind of funny, is probably a bad idea. :)