About the Unbounded category

Critical discussion seeking progress without topic boundaries.

Expect difficult criticism about topics that you didn’t intentionally bring up. Some effort to follow up on your messages is expected.

Criticism may discuss your dishonesty, emotions, incompetence, evasion, patterns of error, discussion methodology, morality, or life decisions. You may be criticized for ending a topic without reaching a conclusion. Your time management and prioritization decisions may be criticized.

Do not be mean. Criticism should be aimed at truth and progress, not used as an opportunity to attack others.

If you think some criticism is mean or attacking, say so. If you don’t point out the problem, no one can clarify what they meant (you may not understand their point) or change their behavior. You can ask how something is meant to help or say what you don’t like. Don’t assume someone is being mean on purpose and silently judge them.

If you stop responding, people may still analyze what you said and critically discuss it without you. You can’t take your posts back or delete them (you can say that you changed your mind, but can’t hide the past).

Any thoughtful topics are good for this category, including: philosophy, rationality, learning, thinking methodology, discussion organization, morality, memes, science, history, writing, grammar, math, evolution, programming, statistics, economics, political philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, parenting, education, relationships, atheism, skepticism, business, sales, marketing, art, design, social dynamics, culture, and decisions people face in their lives.

The general policy in Unbounded is to deal with bad posts using criticism instead of rules.

All topics are allowed in Unbounded if you actually want unbounded criticism. But think about whether something is a good idea before posting. For example, if you post politics and news, expect replies questioning why you’re prioritizing those topics or why you think starting a political debate is a good idea. If you post links without saying your own opinion or goal, expect meta criticism about why that’s bad. If you post something that isn’t of general or philosophical interest, expect people to question or criticize why you’re posting it here. If you post information without a source, expect criticism.

When you create a new topic in Unbounded, your post will have default text. Answer the prompts. (Elliot is exempt.)