Trustworthy Theorycrafting

Eidotrope at OutDPS:  We want the theorycrafting we encounter to be correct, but is that all we should want?  This post explores another virtue of good theorycrafting, trustworthiness.

It is hard to put faith in a result, no matter how precise or appealing, if we have no idea how a person arrived at it.  We want theorycrafters to describe their methods so that we can have some confidence that their results are reasonably-obtained rather than the product of chance or mistake.  Real-world scientists have the same expectation in their fields and, quite understandably, have put a lot of time into articulating what things make a result trustworthy.  They use the following terms . . . . read full post

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