LINK: In favor of niceness, community, and civilisation

Scott, known on LessWrong as Yvain, re­cently wrote a post com­plain­ing about an in­ac­cu­rate rape statis­tic.

Arthur Chu, who is no­table for win­ning money on Jeop­ardy re­cently, ar­gued against Scott’s stance that we should be hon­est in ar­gu­ments in a com­ment thread on Jeff Kauf­man’s Face­book pro­file, which can be read here.

Scott just re­sponded here, with a num­ber of points rele­vant to the topic of ra­tio­nal­ist com­mu­ni­ties.

I am in­ter­ested in what LW thinks of this.

Ob­vi­ously, at some point be­ing po­lite in our ar­gu­ments is silly. I’d be in­ter­ested in peo­ple’s opinions of how dire the real world con­se­quences have to be be­fore it’s worth­while de­bat­ing dishon­estly.