"Escalation spiral" is mixing two spatial metaphors, both far removed from the thing you're talking about. The result is, well... When you're in a bad online argument, quick, what's the main feeling in your mind? Is it the feeling of walking up a spiral staircase?pattern on Cooperation is for Winners
By writing a draft/by starting to write a post.pattern on Implications of GPT-2
That makes sense.raemon on Blackmail
I'm still in the process of mulling over my thoughts on the concrete claims in this article, but I felt a desire to note, separate from my beliefs about it's epistemic content, that I appreciated this post's "well written poetry."pattern on Pedagogy as Struggle
What you're talking about makes sense in the context you've given - you know people are paying attention when they ask "how to test for what goes on inside a function…". Focusing on the understanding rather than a stream of words that aren't necessarily going to go in people's heads might be something that isn't done as much (or maybe it depends on where you are) because the student to teacher ratio is so high (and students only have "1 teacher" per subject, at a time).
I think if you ask people hard enough questions, and they solve them by themselves, then misinformation might not be necessary. ('Solve the quadratic equation', instead of 'here is the solution to the quadratic equation'.)zvi on Blackmail
Yes. Long post is long and I didn't want to throw out arguments about particular reveals to show this - in particular, we all think the cost of that should be zero in that case, and we all know it often very much isn't. And I didn't want anyone to think I was relying on that.zvi on Blackmail
I could have worded it to make this more clear but I think the point stands when clarified/understood - the proximate goal of the blackmail release is to be harmful, whereas the proximate goal of the gossip might or might not be.
If others agree it is misleading I will make this more explicit.zvi on Blackmail
Yes. It's doing a few things, and that's a lot of it.thewakalix on Blackmail
I'm not sure how much of this is projection, but I got the impression that people wanted a more gears-level model of how blackmail is bad.raemon on The 3 Books Technique for Learning a New Skilll
Thanks! (Might be easier to read the comment if the three books were separated onto separate lines, although ymmv)