Stupid Questions Open Thread Round 3

From the last thread:

From Costanza’s origi­nal thread (en­tire text):

“This is for any­one in the LessWrong com­mu­nity who has made at least some effort to read the se­quences and fol­low along, but is still con­fused on some point, and is per­haps feel­ing a bit em­bar­rassed. Here, new­bies and not-so-new­bies are free to ask very ba­sic but still rele­vant ques­tions with the un­der­stand­ing that the an­swers are prob­a­bly some­where in the se­quences. Similarly, LessWrong tends to pre­sume a rather high thresh­old for un­der­stand­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. Rele­vant ques­tions in those ar­eas are wel­come as well. Any­one who chooses to re­spond should re­spect­fully guide the ques­tioner to a helpful re­source, and ques­tion­ers should be ap­pro­pri­ately grate­ful. Good faith should be pre­sumed on both sides, un­less and un­til it is shown to be ab­sent. If a ques­tioner is not sure whether a ques­tion is rele­vant, ask it, and also ask if it’s rele­vant.”

Meta:

  • How of­ten should these be made? I think one ev­ery three months is the cor­rect fre­quency.

  • Costanza made the origi­nal thread, but I am OpenThread­Guy. I am there­fore not only en­ti­tled but re­quired to post this in his stead. But I got his per­mis­sion any­way.

Meta:

  • I still haven’t figured out a satis­fac­tory an­swer to the pre­vi­ous meta ques­tion, how of­ten these should be made. It was re­quested that I make a new one, so I did.

  • I promise I won’t quote the en­tire pre­vi­ous threads from now on. Block­quot­ing in ar­ti­cles only goes one level deep, any­way.