In his 1984 book The Evolution of Cooperation Robert Axelrod showed how small factors can significantly influence whether cooperative behaviors evolve in a community, and that this in turn can shape the interaction dynamics of that community. A discussion site like this relies on cooperation of all members, so here are a few guidelines that we encourage you to read and adopt.
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Axelrod showed that the best strategy for cooperative behaviors was to always be nice. Actually he showed that you should always be nice unless your counterparty wasn’t nice, in which case you should retaliate proportionally but if everyone is nice there will be no need for that. So, how to be nice?
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- If you can abstract your topics to a higher level they may be more accessible to others who may have similar challenges but different conditions. But, if not, ask away!
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