Why do we need all this drama? Why can’t the people who don’t like Gleb just downvote or ignore him?
I suspect people feel he gives a negative impression of lesswrong. And he will not go away with downvotes. Trouble is that it’s not just that we disagree with him; often he is behaving in ways that are, not even wrong. If he were doing something wrong, it would be simple to say, “that is something wrong; instead of doing wrong you should do right like X”. By being uncannily off, we can’t even help.
First, he puts HuffPo-style posts onto LW which are pretty nauseating.
Second, he hires people—virtual assistants from the third world—to get LW accounts and praise him. They mostly post inanities like this for example. There are what, about five of them at the moment?
Third, he wants to be the face of rationality for the unwashed masses. In the unlikely event that this comes to pass, it… would not be optimal :-/
Otherwise I continue to think that he is in dire need of a clue and that he is the clearest example of cargo cult behaviour that I have seen in a while.
Because he occasionally (when he’s targeting intelligent people rather than stupid people, to put it bluntly) does some good work. I don’t want to downvote or ignore him, I want him to be the person he should be.