After an extended hiatis from writing following The New York Times concerning approach to his identity, Scott Alexander (of slatestarcodex.com) has relocated to Astral Codex Ten, now hosted on Substack. After some considerable debate as to the appropriateness of this platform, and some apparent assurances from Substack itself, we thankfully have one of the rationalist communities better writers again making interesting contributions to a variety of topics.
The whole episode does underline the issues of anonymity, doxxing, brigading and online silencing of even moderate and reasonable voices. Finding a way to prevent toxicity without silencing free speech is currently one of humanity’s greatest challenges, and sadly too few people are looking it. Let’s hope that changes.