I don’t think we should let the most unreasonable haters maneuver what we say, but if it is of any reassurance the plan is to have a channel with its own legs. It will not be a core brand thing to be associated with EA or LW*. That said, don’t discount the value of the connection rationality-EA. It’s probably true that EA is rationality applied to altruism, and many of the most valuable EAs are also LW people.*Upon reflection, this is probably too early to say and not true right now. What I can say is that at least the channel probably won’t be linked to the forums for the reasons already stated in the post.
As a single point of anecdata, I got interested in EA via being part of the rationality community, and think it’s plausible I would not have gotten involved in EA if there wasn’t that link