My Paths Forward Policy
I am willing to spend over 1 hour per day on average having public conversations with people on the internet. You can join my discord server.
If you ask me a publicly visible question, I will eventually respond. I will usually respond within 48 hours. If I don’t respond within 48 hours, do not hesitate to ask the question again and try to mention my username specifically to help get my attention.
I am not a popular person and do not require a policy for scale at this time. If I ever begin to feel overwhelmed by my policy, I will try to improve it without sacrificing my own effort to have helpful conversations.
My Responses to Criticism:
Feedback from RS
If one takes the time to respond to everything, there is a dizzying overload of information - so much so that it’s virtually impossible to catalogue, respond, and make any sense out of a conversation (paralysis by analysis - why direct democracy was nixed early on in most scaled civilizations). - RS on 06/05/2020
I will deal with this problem when I face it. But the idea that makes sense to me is to respond by creating new publicly available content and sharing a link to that content. This allows me to share links to questions which have been answered before.
I do think that a crowd sourcing policy is necessary to handle many conversations at scale. I also think a policy which favors other people who have their own paths forward policy can help as well.
I see that almost nobody has a policy for allowing volunteers to help correct errors that are happening. It is irrational to not even try and allow other people to help correct my errors. I have tried to volunteer my problem solving ability with many people and organizations which ultimately ignore me. I suspect that encouraging people to have a policy for allowing people like me to help them will potentially transform the entire world over time. But it will take time. Become the change you wish to see.
The Paths Forward policy idea was developed by Elliot Temple.
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