About the Unbounded category

Critical discussion seeking progress without topic boundaries.

Topics should be related to CF. E.g. study, apply or criticize CF.

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 if you connect them to CF. For example, you could use idea trees, IGCs or other specific CF methods to discuss 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.

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

These rules are for starting a new topic. Replying in a topic is more lenient. People may ask if commenters want unbounded discussion but shouldn’t assume it.