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Milan_Griffes comments on Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Milan_Griffes 04 August 2018 05:01:53PM 16 points [-]

when I'm making public comments without a time crunch

My hunch is even when there's a time crunch, fewer words will be bigger bang for buck :-)

Comment author: Khorton 04 August 2018 05:13:43PM 13 points [-]

Seconded. As a time-saving measure, I skip any comments longer than three paragraphs unless the first couple of sentences makes their importance very clear. Unfortunately, that means I miss most of Evan's posts. :(

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 04 August 2018 11:38:59PM 1 point [-]

Would it help if I included a summary of my posts at the top of them?

Often I write for a specific audience, which is more limited and exclusive. I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with taking this approach to discourse in EA. Top-level posts on the EA Forum are made specific to a single cause, written in an academic style for a niche audience. I've mentally generalized this to how I write about anything on the internet.

It turns out not writing in a more inclusive way is harming the impact of my messages more than I thought. I'll make more effort to change this. Thanks for the feedback.

Comment author: Raemon 05 August 2018 08:41:16PM *  14 points [-]

FYI, I a) struggle to read most of your posts (and seem like I'm supposed to be in the target audience)

b) the technique I myself use is "write the post the way I'd naturally write it (i.e. long and meandering), and then write a tldr of the post summarizing it with a few bullet points... and then realize that the tldr was all I actually needed to say in the first place.

Comment author: Khorton 05 August 2018 11:46:34AM 5 points [-]

Yes, an early summary would help. It doesn't have to be very formal; just a clear statement of your argument in the first paragraph.

If you're going to argue multiple things, you could use different comments.

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 04 August 2018 11:21:25PM 3 points [-]

Of course. What I was trying to explain is when there is a time crunch, I've habituated myself to use more words. Obviously it's a habit worth changing. Thanks for the feedback :)

Comment author: ole_koksvik 09 August 2018 11:55:03PM 1 point [-]

Yes, the old adage: "I don't have time to write short texts."