Epistemic Status: Playing the odds Originality Status: Very low. These are not unique views and this has been said many times before, so apologies if you've seen it many times before, but the message never gets through, so we keep trying. The rationalist community can be intimidating. It is especially intimidating to those who are most suited to contributing. It is exactly those people who understand the need for high epistemic standards, who worry whether their writing skills are good enough to post, who worry if their thinking is good enough or their ideas original and interesting. Less Wrong, or even a person's personal blog, can feel like a sacred space that one is loathe to profane with their unworthy presence.