The Great Tech Divide: Are Holy Wars Just Coordination Problems?

Pros:
– Raises awareness about the impact of platform choices on ecosystems – Encourages discussion and debate about the effects of technology on society
– Highlights the concept of network effects and how they can benefit certain platforms
– Sheds light on the importance of avoiding ‘bitrot’ and maintaining the longevity of technology platforms

Cons:
– Can lead to bitter flamewars and personal attacks
– May oversimplify complex issues surrounding tech choices
– Might perpetuate a divisive atmosphere between different platforms – Could overlook other factors that contribute to ecosystem success or failure

context: https://gwern.net/holy-war

Flamewars ignite over platforms and upgrades, not due to people’s behavior, but due to their significant impact on ecosystems. These choices have the power to benefit one platform through network effects and avoid deterioration, while subtly hampering the others.