Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. ****
Hock Principle: Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.
Systems are about balance:
A system is only as strong as its weakest point, so find bottlenecks. BUT, if you break down the entire system and optimize each component individually, you’ll lower the effectiveness of the system. Optimize the entire system instead.
When things interact, they often birth new, unpredictable forms.
Demand Curves Slope Down: The harder something is to do, the fewer people will do it.
People’s behavior totally changes once an action costs money. If sending an email cost you $0.001, there’d be way less spam.
The Invisible Hand: Rising prices signal falling supply or increased demand, which incentivizes an increase in production. The opposite is true for falling prices. Prices are a signal wrapped in an incentive.
The Paradox of Abundance: Markets of abundance are simultaneously bad for the median consumer but good for conscious consumers.
A collection of thoughts about how groups of people interact with one another:
Preference Falsification: People lie about their true opinions and conform to socially acceptable preferences instead — even when filling out private surveys.
Doublespeak: People often say the opposite of what they mean, especially in political language. It allows people to lie while looking like they’re telling the truth.
Russell Conjugation: Journalists often change the meaning of a sentence by replacing one word with a synonym that implies a different meaning. For example, the same person can support an estate tax but oppose a death tax — even though they are the same thing.
Overton Window: You can control thought without limiting speech. You can do it by defining the limits of acceptable thought while allowing for lively debate within these barriers.
Horseshoe Theory: Extreme opposites tend to look the same.
Mimetic Theory of Conflict: People who are similar are more likely to fight than people who are different.
Betteridge’s law of headlines. “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”
At the time of writing this post, I work for, publish on, tinker with, and truly love WordPress. I’ve been working with Automattic since late 2018, and I truly believe in the importance of open source, and the ethics captured within the Automattic Creed.
I also use any number of other platforms at any given time.
So, why would I maintain profiles on non-WP platforms? Well, two reasons: