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What are the leading critiques of "longtermism" and related concepts 2020-05-30T10:54:50.075Z · score: 40 (21 votes)
A minimal definition of Effective Altruism: 2015-09-20T18:43:31.385Z · score: 4 (6 votes)
Effective Altruists elsewhere: Bronies for Good 2014-12-21T16:58:54.106Z · score: 10 (13 votes)
Please vote for our video on Deworm the World in this online poll. 2014-12-13T19:27:40.626Z · score: 5 (7 votes)

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Comment by alasdairgives on EA's abstract moral epistemology · 2020-10-20T14:53:07.688Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

She sums up her critique in three points 

The institutional critique alleges that EA disregards the kinds of systematic actions needed to affect social change, 

The philosophical critique alleges that EA’s god’s eye moral epistemology wrongly restricts its view of what values are like.

The core of the composite critique is the idea that social phenomena are ontologically distinctive and that distinctive methods are required to bring them into focus.

I don't think there is any merit to these claims, but unpicking the second and third critique basically depends on unpicking a huge amount of nonsense so i'll leave it for someone else. But anyway I think those summaries in her own words unpick the core claims. 

Comment by alasdairgives on Long-Term Future Fund: September 2020 grants · 2020-09-18T11:17:15.280Z · score: 17 (10 votes) · EA · GW

"Some donors were surprised by the Fund’s large number of AI risk-focused grants. While the Fund managers are in favor of these grants, we want to make sure that donors are aware of the work they are supporting. As a result, we changed the EA Funds donation interface such that donors have to opt into supporting their chosen Funds. (Previously, the website suggested a default allocation for each Fund.) EA Funds also plans to offer a donation option focused on climate change for interested donors."

This is an extremely positive change and corrects what I have previously considered to be a dark pattern on the EA funds website for a long time. Thanks for implementing it.

Comment by alasdairgives on What are the leading critiques of "longtermism" and related concepts · 2020-06-02T20:57:22.535Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

that sounds fantastic. I'd love to read the draft once it is circulated for feedback

Comment by alasdairgives on What are the leading critiques of "longtermism" and related concepts · 2020-05-31T22:00:00.005Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks - I’ve read the summaries of this but hadn’t twigged it was developed into a full paper

Comment by alasdairgives on What are the leading critiques of "longtermism" and related concepts · 2020-05-31T21:58:57.733Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks! The top paper seems very relevant in particular.

Comment by alasdairgives on Reality is often underpowered · 2019-10-10T20:13:27.963Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I think this is a great post and makes a really important point. Thanks for posting

Comment by alasdairgives on Why did MyGiving need to be replaced? And why is the EffectiveAltruism.org replacement so bad? · 2019-10-10T19:42:14.609Z · score: 5 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks, i do think we have a basic disagreement here about design patterns but i appreciate you taking the time to defend and explain your choices.

Comment by alasdairgives on Why did MyGiving need to be replaced? And why is the EffectiveAltruism.org replacement so bad? · 2019-10-08T19:37:54.192Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · EA · GW

I don't feel either of these reply's address my points very well (as a member who signed the pledge prior to 2014).

As far as I can tell you accept the first point I made and don't address it. Ok, me. I think the funds are fine you just haven't done the work of showing they are better than other donation routes at all.

In regards to the second point you get very fixated on the default slider setting being representative of the most engaged members of the community. I don't want yet more peer pressure to donate to what the most engaged members of think.(And the fact that you unilaterally changed the pledge still shouldn't invalidate my reasons for signing it). But, even for post 2014 members it takes a lot of chutzpah to just set a default - at the very least even if you are recommending the EA funds start each bar at 0%. It is such a dark pattern when to donate to causes you by default get a recommendation you didn't choose then to find other choices you have to click a "back" arrow to a page you have never seen before, go past a statement saying we recommend these funds then manually unclick/click each choice then click forward again. It's so telling when you do the sliders don't start at some nudge level but at a level the user can choose!

Comment by alasdairgives on Why did MyGiving need to be replaced? And why is the EffectiveAltruism.org replacement so bad? · 2019-10-07T15:46:38.676Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · EA · GW

There are two long term goals being pursued here by CEA, visible in the design of the site:

1. To increase donations to the EA funds from GWWC members by making the funds the "default" option" and thus increase the importance/power of CEA to guide donations through the funds. (The whole new site is setup to make the funds the default way to give, and to give prominence to the funds, other donation options or recording external donations are much less visible and hidden away in a way that seems deliberate)

2. To set defaults for donations through the site that nudge people towards the cause areas that CEA leadership largely favors and away from cause areas that GWWC was historically focused on. (By default - sliders on the new site allocate the majority of donations made from the pledge page to causes other than global poverty. And this resets as the default every time, with no option to change this or set persistent cause area preferences).

The site is designed with the interests of CEA and what it thinks is best in mind. The functionality for GWWC members is not the priority.

Comment by alasdairgives on EA Forum Prize: Winners for April 2019 · 2019-06-26T19:24:55.094Z · score: 17 (8 votes) · EA · GW

I would like to see a prize or incentive for the best comment on an article in the last month. Has that been tried before? Looking at the number of articles now submitted, I think the forum is doing well on articles. However, the comments and engagement with each submission is still often low. The winning 3 articles this month got only 9-2-2 comments respectively. If they are exemplary of the community and platform (which after a quick browse I have no reason to doubt) surely it would be worth encouraging a few more comments and a bit more discussion?



Comment by alasdairgives on EA Survey 2018 Series: Do EA Survey Takers Keep Their GWWC Pledge? · 2019-06-17T09:46:57.061Z · score: 8 (5 votes) · EA · GW

One complexity here may be in how members are treating taxation and tax deductibility in relation to their donations. "income" in your sample is self-reported and it is presumably pre-tax income. However, per GWWC: "While we have defined income as pre-tax in the past, after speaking with members in a variety of situations we believe there should be some flexibility here.

  • If you expect to receive a tax deduction for your donation, we recommend basing your giving on your pre-tax income.
  • If you expect to get little or no tax deduction, for example because your country does not offer tax deductions on donations, you may choose to donate based on post-tax income."

Thus people may be keeping to the terms of their pledge but donating less than 10% of their pre-tax income if they are not getting a tax deduction

Comment by alasdairgives on Does EA need an underpinning philosophy? Could sentientism be that philosophy? · 2019-03-27T21:46:34.344Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · EA · GW

The title of this post is “Does EA need an underlying philosophy? Could Sentientism be that philosophy?” I would consider both of those points to betray a lack of basic understanding of effective altruism. There are lots of good resources elsewhere- perhaps it would be good to have a basic faq article / wiki that could be Linked in such cases?

Comment by AlasdairGives on [deleted post] 2017-03-17T19:25:11.175Z

i've deleted the post because I would like to make one on this issue with greater subtlety and nuance to do the complex topic of this saga better justice than my rather late night post did - thanks for your comment, I will take it into account.

Comment by alasdairgives on Advisory panel at CEA · 2017-03-09T16:18:34.968Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Apologies I had it in my head that ACE was a CEA project

Comment by alasdairgives on Peter Singer no-platformed by pro-disability protestors at Canadian university · 2017-03-08T21:24:45.582Z · score: 5 (7 votes) · EA · GW

According to my facebook this topic has had 156 comments on the EA facbook group already. I don't want to repeat or diminish those comments here so what is the purpose of opening a parallel discussion here as this seems like a topic which has attracted a huge amount of EA discussion already?

Comment by alasdairgives on Advisory panel at CEA · 2017-03-08T21:06:19.445Z · score: 3 (7 votes) · EA · GW

One thing I am disappointed about is that this has just been announced - there was no public process or call for comment on the advisory council, its role or what criteria should have been used to choose its members - to the extent that happened all of that was in private as far as I can tell. So all of the power in this situation was held by the CEA and people close to you in informal networks. To get wider views you have chosen a team of 4- 3of whom are or have previously been employed by CEA.

To the extent this is about opening CEA to wider views I can't see how it does that. Perhaps to mitigate my meandering can the members of the council give one example of something the CEA has done in the last 12 months they are willing to publicly disagree with?

Comment by alasdairgives on Concerns with Intentional Insights · 2016-10-25T21:06:31.898Z · score: 16 (16 votes) · EA · GW

In the original facebook thread I was highly critical of intentional insights, I have not read all the followup here yet, but I would like to note that after that thread the next "thing" I saw from Intentional Insights was this post about EA marketing. I thought that was a highly competent and interesting contribtuion to the EA community. All of the ongoing concerns about II may stand - but there is clearly a few people associated with the org who have valuable contributions to make to the future of the community,

Comment by alasdairgives on Looking for Wikipedia article writers (topics include many of interest to effective altruists) · 2016-04-17T18:15:30.291Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I have about ~2000 edits on wikipedia (alasdairedits) and have created a number of DYK articles (though not for several years). I have been thinking about getting back into wikipedia editing and this might be a good way to do so. I know that paid (i.e PR editing on wikipedia) has become a big issue recently though. I would like to know more about how your work interacts with the COI/NPOV guidelines and how you ensure your articles and offering to pay people remains within that scheme. Have you considered using the on site reward board (I don't know how active that is) which would get less related wikipedians involved

It would be good to get feed

Comment by alasdairgives on Call for papers for a special journal issue on EA · 2016-03-14T18:05:32.800Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

9000 words - http://commons.pacificu.edu/eip/styleguide.html

Comment by AlasdairGives on [deleted post] 2016-02-15T14:40:20.977Z

I don't think it would be unfair to characterise your argument as: "I have a hunch based on my "tacit knowledge", a report written by a consultancy firm a decade ago and my background in a tangentially related field that the conservative party has been working in secret for 9 years on a bill of "economic rights and freedoms" which they are going to suddenly unveil and force through parliament in a few months attached to their public Bill of rights Proposals. This bill is going to cause all sorts of negative effects by making the courts interfere with a class of laws I am in favour of (Through mechanisms which are unclear).

Leaving aside for the moment whether this is plausibly true or a reasonable way of making judgements - I still don't understand how it relates to effective altruism or how/what you actually want people to do.

Comment by alasdairgives on $250 donation for best EA intro essay - deadline: March 10 · 2016-02-11T23:46:27.411Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I think this is the way to go - but a CC attribtuion license is very different from an assignment of intellectual property (in a good way!) - you will need to provide attribtution on the about page and any subsequent usage of the entry for one thing (the whole point of an attribution licenese is to protect those moral rights!). so you should update your faq to reflect this.

Comment by alasdairgives on $250 donation for best EA intro essay - deadline: March 10 · 2016-02-11T20:50:36.326Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Per above - CEA owns (is assigned) all the intellectual property of any entry. So posting your essay elsewhere without their permission would be a copyright violation.

Comment by alasdairgives on $250 donation for best EA intro essay - deadline: March 10 · 2016-02-11T19:31:48.806Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · EA · GW
  • Obligatory EAish objection: Where is the $250 coming from? If it is just $250 from the CEA budget that would otherwise have been spent on EA causes that is not much of an additional incentive unless you have very strong opinions about which cause area is most important.
Comment by alasdairgives on Announcing ImpactMatters: Auditing Charity Impact across Causes · 2015-12-15T11:00:47.286Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Dean Carlan has a long history of work on charity effectiveness and rigour long pre-dating EA. He has said on twitter that they took a lot of influence and inspiration from EA charity evaluators (esp Givewell). I think the best way of looking at this and much of his other work (for example Innovations for Poverty Action) is that it is EA-aligned organisation but not part of Effective Altruism as a "thing" since it comes from a different community and background and has a narrower focus ("are these charities effective at what they do" v "what overall is the most effective thing we can be doing")

Comment by alasdairgives on Updates from Giving What We Can · 2015-11-30T21:46:12.088Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I am surprised the number of people donating via the trust but who are not GWWC members is so high. This 80% seems like a fertile source either of new members or a worrying statistic about the number of people who become aware of EA ideas but do not wish to change their behaviour to the extent of signing the pledge and I am not sure which

Comment by alasdairgives on More on REG's Room for More Funding · 2015-11-22T16:23:20.473Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Does REG not have any full time employees? I am very impressed in their progress if that is the case as I presumed they did!

Comment by alasdairgives on More on REG's Room for More Funding · 2015-11-21T14:00:25.430Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I don't know about whether the NY declaration reduces the market by that amount itself. I more see it as an indication of the serious challenges and uncertainties that the DFS market faces in the US.

For example, one DFS operator has ceased US operations in all but 4 states where DFS has explicit state laws allowing it: http://www.legalsportsreport.com/5389/starsdraft-cuts-off-46-states-from-dfs/ (http://www.legalsportsreport.com/category/legal/ which i found on google has a lot more in depth look at the battles going on all across US on this)

It is clearly a live issue and one clouded with a great deal of legal uncertainty, which I think would benefit from a closer cost/benefit analysis if REG wanted to target this market seriously.

Comment by alasdairgives on More on REG's Room for More Funding · 2015-11-19T23:19:49.512Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

The analysis of the DFS market seems off to me

  1. I don't think the conversion rate is likely to be the same. High earning poker players are to some extent mini-celebrities and seem to have strong image consciousness and network frequently with others. By contrast, high earning DFS players seem to be private people with no public image, working alone or in small teams and with limited contact with wider world. I think marketing to those people would be significantly harder than to poker "stars".
  2. The New York declaration is a significant risk factor for the whole DFS sector. There is some degree of likelyhood that this declaration will lead to other states following suit, while the poker market is global the DFS market is obviously highly US based and there seems to be a significant risk of it being outlawed - or atleast outlawed within a significant number of US states. You seem to understate the size of this risk.
Comment by alasdairgives on Effective Altruism Merchandise Ideas · 2015-10-20T21:39:20.507Z · score: -1 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I can believe your logo was designed by a professional (i don't like the colour but its kinda cool)! but i was commenting on your clothing not that in isolation. This? http://www.cafepress.com/intentional_merchandise.1650581204 That is someone with no design skills taking that logo and bastardizing it. Writing a slogan in a microsoft clipart font and replacing one letter with a bit of your logo is not a design. you use font choices that professional designers openly mock.

I love minimalist designs, but your designs are not minimalist in any sense of the term. even your logo is not minimalist. you are very badly miscalibrated if you think minimal is a word that should be used in relation to either your logo or especially this merch.

Comment by alasdairgives on Effective Altruism Merchandise Ideas · 2015-10-20T17:24:37.656Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Ok, i don't want to be rude but there is no nice way to say this, so please just take it as feedback on this project not you as a person. Your existing merchandise is an ugly mess. My reaction to someone wearing an EA themed shirt of the same aesthetic level and quality would be cringing embarrasment not pride in a community.

EA merch as a tribal/signalling thing is a fine idea - but it needs to be of a much higher quality and design. As a bare minimum it should be printed by a higher quality producer than cafepress (like teespring?) and be designed by a professional designer.

Comment by alasdairgives on Making Effective Altruism more emotionally appealing · 2015-10-13T21:59:33.317Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

reading again this was the bit i found wierd/creepy - For instance, to address the guilt people experience over their previous giving, to address cached patterns, and help people update their beliefs, it helps to use the CBT tool of reframing by encouraging themselves to distance their current self from their past self, and remember that they did not have this information about EA when they decided on their previous giving, making it ok to choose a new path right now. Another approach I found helpful is to encourage people to think of themselves as being at the ordinary human baseline, and then orient toward improving, rather than seeing oneself as never able to achieve perfect rationality in one's giving.

But i actually don't think these ideas are bad i just think the phrasing of them is off. the way you've wrtten this makes it seem a bit "oh we are the enlightened ones and here our our clever ways of manipulating you to join us" but i appreciate that is not what you meant - much more about EA as a movement of people who want to "do good better" than criticise people for not thinking same way we do or manipulate guilt.

Comment by alasdairgives on Making Effective Altruism more emotionally appealing · 2015-10-13T11:19:00.686Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Too many thoughts all jumbled up, have to try and write more on this but:

  1. Everyone is an emotional thinker, EA's have some strategies for avoiding worst pitfalls, but still easy and many do fall into them, and we have weaknesses as well which harm our work.
  2. Different strategies needed for between raising profile & funding of highly effective causes and evidence strategies and creating more EA's - and we can do both.
  3. Some of these ideas sound good, some sound weird and creepy and like we have all the answers and are concerned with manipulating people rather than being engaged in a dialogue where we can learn something valuable as well.
  4. Different approaches may work well/less well for different causes, and approaches that work for one may in doing so harm support for others.
Comment by alasdairgives on EA's Image Problem · 2015-10-12T12:09:15.596Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

When I was at grad school for legal&political science the main way I encountered utilitarianism was as a bogeyman in legal/political/social science papers. Though limited to my own experience and universities I visited - my overwhelming impression is that in most policy connected academic disciplines not specifically housed in dedicated philosophy departments utilitarianism is mostly used as a signalling slur in similar way to a word like "neoliberalism" is and is not considered a respectable "thing" to identify as.

Comment by alasdairgives on How does fighting diarrhoea stack up to malaria in effectiveness? · 2015-10-09T15:07:21.668Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yes potentially. I know that Evidence Action (the charity that runs Deworm the World) also has a water dispensing charity http://www.evidenceaction.org/dispensers/ .

GWWC has a good blog post from 2014 about them and the potential for research in this area. https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/blog/2014-01-28/dispensers-for-safe-water

As a general point, I think there are a whole host of potentially high impact charities (such as those that are "other outstanding charities") that have not received much attention in the EA community, and could be good targets for more research and highlighting in a similar way.

Comment by alasdairgives on How does fighting diarrhoea stack up to malaria in effectiveness? · 2015-10-09T01:15:30.345Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Givewell published their findings on water treatment interventions in 2013 did you miss this page? I think it is very plausible that such interventions could be a highly effective cause area With more research though.

Comment by alasdairgives on Low hanging fruit and 'quick wins' · 2015-09-27T22:42:11.947Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

In terms of quick wins, I think it is notable that so far as I am aware the EA movement has not set up a single charity/cause that aims to be suitable for Givewell's evaluation process (or for that matter the ACE evaluation process) let alone one that has passed such a process. If something is a potential "quick win" it should be much more suitable for these things than most EA meta / GCR charities. Especially, because the progress on Givewell endorsed cause areas is large (for example, malaria deaths reduced by 60% since 2000). Having a few ideas that reach such levels (perhaps through an intermediate EA version of Ycombinator) would be a big deal for those of interested in short feedback loop EA charities.

However, I am interested in such causes just because I think there is tremendous potential to improve the world in the short term. I don't think the argument that I focus primarily on reducing poverty is that I believe a world without poverty is one that could work towards reducing catastrophic long term risks far more effectively than the world we have today. Is very convincing and I think that people who do focus on long term risks tend to agree with me!

Comment by alasdairgives on September Open Thread · 2015-09-21T10:50:02.346Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Ahh is now obvious they were just holding it because they knew there was going to be the much more detailed post about it. Which is obviously fine and makes a lot of sense :)

Comment by alasdairgives on Effective Altruism and Religious Faiths: Mutually Exclusive Entities, or an Important Nexus to Explore? · 2015-09-20T13:52:15.363Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Interesting! I don't know if you are still at CEA but There is an event being held next weekend in Oxford and London for Christian effective altruists that I saw advertised on Facebook.

Comment by alasdairgives on September Open Thread · 2015-09-19T21:44:29.502Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

How does posting on the EA Facebook group work? I posted a link there to a (somewhat negative) review of Doing Good Better and after a few days it still shows up as "pending approval".

Does this mean a mod has decided that my link should not be posted? that it is stuck in some spam queue / bit of the page someone never visits for whatever reason?

Comment by alasdairgives on The EU is legally obligated to double foreign aid spending · 2015-09-18T10:11:49.654Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

The WTO will not have jurisdiction over ICESCR claims - see this paper which explains this

Comment by alasdairgives on September Open Thread · 2015-09-16T15:51:45.217Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

There is a blog post by one EA with some suggestions and rough calculations

Comment by alasdairgives on The EU is legally obligated to double foreign aid spending · 2015-09-16T11:35:13.449Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

One potentially viable option is the International Court of Justice, although this would require finding a developing country to sponsor the litigation and effectively sue a wealthy country. That would be pretty cool but I’m not sure if it’s possible An even bigger problem is that jurisdiction of the ICJ is based on the consent of the parties to a particular deispute so you would have to find a rich country willing to be 'effectively sued' as well.

Comment by alasdairgives on The EU is legally obligated to double foreign aid spending · 2015-09-15T10:43:28.180Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · EA · GW

This seems a bit confused and idealistic. You are a law student so presumably you understand the differences between international law and domestic law, the difference between the EU and ECHR and the limited meaning of 'legally obligated' in relation to international covenants. The concept of progressive realisation in relation to the ICESR etc etc. However, the way you have written this makes no attempt to explain these things and I worry it comes across as misleading or confusing.

The paragraph that is most interesting to me is:"EU countries regularly comply with court orders to fulfil their obligations under the ICESCR." Can you clarify which EU countries and give some example cases? Certainly, the ICESR is not legally justiciable in the UK. I don't really know anything about German/French law or other Civil law systems but I would be surprised if it was, and even more surprised if there was a plausible way for someone to have legal capacity to bring claims about extraterritorial effect!

My suspicion here is that you are barking up a noble but misconceived tree. My prior based on my experiences is that 'But its the (international) law' is not a very helpful political argument likely to get more aid to effective causes and that your idea for justiciable options is likely to be a mirage when you look into it more. Would be interested to be wrong on either point though!

Comment by alasdairgives on Quick Thoughts on New Career Profiles on 80,000 Hours · 2015-07-26T10:48:12.967Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

I think the difficulty with going to a data science bootcamp without a science PHD or partial PHD is that you are then entering a job market competing with other bootcamp graduates who do have a PHD as an additional qualification. If you have already impressive other qualifications thats probably fine but otherwise you seem at a non-trivial disadvantage all other things being equal

Comment by alasdairgives on Looking for EA work for your spare time? Look at (and add to) this list! · 2015-07-12T20:56:10.450Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I added something in the spirit of the OP below. But just quickly - might it not be better distinguishing more between EA activities (Short quick things you can do) and EA Work/projects (Longer term commitments requiring a decent amount of time to bring to a successful conclusion) Albeit that there is obviously not a clear dividing line.

Comment by alasdairgives on Looking for EA work for your spare time? Look at (and add to) this list! · 2015-07-12T20:46:26.498Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

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Comment by alasdairgives on What If You Could Save the World in Your Free Time? · 2015-07-07T20:13:12.344Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · EA · GW

I think my fundamental initial objection is that I don't understand the value that "effective altruism" brings to this compared to existing commercial marketplaces.

If you have a skill that is well understood and tractable to an internet based market place - there is a powerful incentive for people to create commercial market places for those skills. Indeed - commercial market places for such skills are THE hot silicon valley startup at the moment (" look at how many startups are being called the uber of X").

If there is value in a more generalised market place - I think all the EA angle does is massively restrict the pool of potential buyers and sellers to people who understand what EA is. (possibly some reputation effects? but only if the community is very very small)

As a commercial proposition this seems like an ambitious but dubious and very vague plan. As an EA idea it seems hopeless. Don't worry though - good to spitball ideas like this in public and shows a great deal of bravery and a commendable attitude to do so. A character flaw in myself is that I shoot down my own ideas far too readily I think rather than trusting in others to reach out and see what they think.

Comment by alasdairgives on May Open Thread · 2015-05-07T15:09:44.419Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

Ahh ok that makes sense just wanted to check drafts were not being inadvertently published in the rss or something

Comment by alasdairgives on May Open Thread · 2015-05-07T13:31:18.003Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

The article that prompted this was stefan's article that is now at the top of page - I got. Few different version in my rss and I don't think this is first time it has happened - did he delete the article and republish it or tweak a few times or was I seeing drafts?

Comment by alasdairgives on May Open Thread · 2015-05-07T07:22:55.015Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I follow this site via RSS recently, there have been a few times I have seen articles posted in my rss reader that I wanted to comment on but when I visited the site I could not find the articles - are these articles that people have posted and subsequently deleted/changed their mind about?