Sorry. I was in a really shitty mood. That wasn't nice of me.
It seems to me that Leverage had a large and broad effect on the Effective Altruism and Rationality communities worldwide, with having organized the 2013-2014 EA Summits, and having provided a substantial fraction of the strategic direction for EAG 2015 and EAG 2016, and then shared multiple staff with the Centre For Effective Altruism until 2019.
For me personally this still rounds off to "not very important." Especially in the sense that there is nothing I, or the vast majority of people on this site, could possibly do with this information. I was a... (read more)
A few things.
I don’t agree with the characterization of this topic as self-obsessed community gossip. For context, I’m quite new and don’t have a dog in the fight. But I drew memorable conclusions from this that I couldn’t have gotten from more traditional posts
First, experimenting with our own psychology is tempting and really dangerous. Next time, I’d turn up the caution dial way higher than Leverage did
Second, a lot of us (probably including me) have an exploitable weakness brought on high scrupulously combined with openness to crazy-sounding ideas. Next time, I’d b... (read more)
I appreciate you sharing your perspective. A lot of this is uninteresting and irrelevant to perhaps the majority of readers (though I think that as you weight users by karma you’d start to find for more and more of them this is directly about the social dynamics around them).
I’m pretty pro this discussion happening somehow for the communities involved, and think it’s been pretty helpful in some important ways for it to happen as it has in public.
I wonder if there’s a natural way for it to be less emphasized for the majority for whom it is uninteresting. Pe... (read more)