Really liked this one -brief and to the point! Here is my attempt to condense it further presuming I understood the author properly and also understood the ITN framework properly (correct me if I’m wrong about either!) :
Say I subscribed to the ITN (Importance, Tractability, Neglectedness) framework before I started my work on cause area X and wrote down my scores for I, T and N. When I look at an example of someone failing and giving up (like the one OP mentions in the post), my first instinct would be to do 2 things:
Increase the N score I had given earlier for X, since I now see one less person/entity working on X.
Reduce the T score I had given earlier, since there is failure.
If I understood it correctly, this post argues that 2 should be modified:
Modified 2. Maintain the T score I had given earlier, since the devil is in the details and the details of my solve are different from the failed solve I am looking at.
So, I still update my neglectedness (a small update) but maintain my tractability score (no update). Overall, not an “over-update”.