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The two-minute EA Forum feedback survey 2020-09-18T11:27:08.241Z · score: 22 (7 votes)
Forum update: New features (August 2020) 2020-08-28T16:26:34.914Z · score: 32 (16 votes)
EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) 2020-07-31T11:06:40.587Z · score: 80 (30 votes)
The one-minute EA Forum feedback survey 2020-07-30T09:37:20.448Z · score: 27 (10 votes)
EA Forum feature suggestion thread 2020-06-16T16:58:58.569Z · score: 35 (13 votes)
EA Forum Downtime Monday April 13th 9:30pm PDT 2020-04-13T16:16:49.467Z · score: 7 (2 votes)
How we think about the Forum 2019-10-15T16:24:04.447Z · score: 24 (12 votes)
Who runs the Forum? 2019-10-14T15:35:21.353Z · score: 42 (30 votes)
JP's Shortform 2019-08-13T01:40:24.406Z · score: 4 (3 votes)
Donor Lottery 2018 is live 2018-12-06T00:29:37.812Z · score: 19 (8 votes)

Comments

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-10-02T12:29:21.988Z · score: 6 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I'd be in favor of all of those tags, except "pandemic preparedness" which I currently think is too overlapping with "Biosecurity".

Comment by jpaddison on Founders Pledge Report: Psychedelic-Assisted Mental Health Treatments · 2020-10-01T09:40:15.673Z · score: 11 (4 votes) · EA · GW

If Alice funded you and Alice had a pet cause of X, I would find that information useful in evaluating your writeup of X.

However I wonder if this is due to the phrasing of "pet cause". If you get funding from the Gates Foundation and you recommend a global health intervention, I really don't think you need to put disclosures about that.

Which unfortunately leaves me without a principled distinction. In this case, with knowledge of the actors involved, I doubt it would affect your funding if you had/hadn't recommended these non-profits, so I don't feel like I would have needed the disclosure. But, yeah, unprincipled.

Comment by jpaddison on Suggestion that Zvi be awarded a prize for his COVID series · 2020-09-28T17:03:28.728Z · score: 7 (6 votes) · EA · GW

I'm sorry to hear about your family. :hugs:

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-30T08:00:54.267Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I lightly think both is better than either one on its own.

Comment by jpaddison on Is nanotechnology (such as APM) important for EAs' to work on? · 2020-08-25T11:18:55.473Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Ah yeah, just the link

Comment by jpaddison on Is nanotechnology (such as APM) important for EAs' to work on? · 2020-08-25T10:21:36.295Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Turns out if you include a link where the "url" of the link is just an english sentence it makes the site behave weirdly. 

Comment by jpaddison on The case of the missing cause prioritisation research · 2020-08-21T17:56:13.979Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I think you did a really good job nailing the emotional tenor of this post and I think it's great.

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-20T15:10:41.722Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I have now read the post that contains Social Epistemology.

I also wasn't clear before, but I was biasing towards one shorter label or another.

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-20T14:22:30.033Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I really like Social Epistemology except for the crucial flaw that I haven't heard it called that before. Without the ability for people to recognize it, I think it's worse than Epistemic Humility. (Normally I'd prefer the more general term, rather than a term for one strategy within the space.)

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-12T11:39:37.650Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

What's the intended difference between Meta-Ethics and Moral Philosophy?

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-12T08:08:19.629Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I'd be in favor.

Comment by jpaddison on Propose and vote on potential tags · 2020-08-11T12:48:09.665Z · score: 9 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Patient Philanthropy seems like the general category. Not all of it will be about the debate as to whether it's right, but it seems like a tag that encompasses questions like, "given that I want to give later, how do I do that" seems good.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-08-10T10:27:06.352Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

The new editor has shipped (still just to beta users) but I have just reintroduced h3s.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-08-10T10:23:14.303Z · score: 9 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I just updated this section and it now shows randomized posts.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) · 2020-08-10T10:20:18.450Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

A small update by comparison, and it's soon enough after this that I'll post it here:

The 'Forum Favorites' section is now part of a larger Recommendations section. There you'll be able to find your bookmarks, sequences you might want to continue reading, in addition to the Forum Favorites section as before. But unlike before, the posts are randomized, so you won't just see the same 3 posts every time.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) · 2020-08-04T11:26:27.595Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I expect that's on LW's roadmap.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) · 2020-08-04T09:56:07.426Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I wish there was a community-led way of deciding about tags. I think LW is making the calls about their tag-classification that they've introduced. (See image.) So maybe it makes sense for us to be more opinionated.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) · 2020-08-04T09:44:53.710Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

The History tag is for posts that are strongly focused on historical events or trends which don't necessarily connect to other tags (e.g., a post on the history of nuclear weapons should go in that tag instead), or that discuss or make heavy use of historical research methods. 

I feel like it's fine for them to overlap.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum update: New editor! (And more) · 2020-08-04T09:34:12.621Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

[Low confidence – I'm hashing out my own opinion in public, not trying to apply admin pressure]

I like the tags you've listed there. If you'd asked me to think about concepts in EA and written a (long) list, I'd hope I would have found those. I feel like Political Polarization is maybe more niche than I would do? There's a key difference between us and LW here, which is that LW is investing a large amount of time into creating a whole ontology out of their tagging system, and organizing thing hierarchically, which allows the highlighting of broader tags, while we can't match them in hours devoted if Aaron and I both worked on it full time.

Comment by jpaddison on omnizoid's Shortform · 2020-08-03T15:20:42.679Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I like this! I would recommend polishing it into a top level post.

Comment by jpaddison on omnizoid's Shortform · 2020-07-31T11:04:08.225Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Here's an EA Global talk on the subject. I find it uncompelling. It's extraordinarily expensive, and does little to protect against the X-risks I'm most concerned about, namely AI risk and engineered pandemics.

Comment by jpaddison on Lukas_Gloor's Shortform · 2020-07-28T17:55:01.507Z · score: 10 (4 votes) · EA · GW

I know it might not be what you're looking for, but congratulations!

Comment by jpaddison on How Much Does New Research Inform Us About Existential Climate Risk? · 2020-07-24T12:18:39.679Z · score: 12 (6 votes) · EA · GW

AR6, for the uninformed like me.

Comment by jpaddison on The Importance of Unknown Existential Risks · 2020-07-24T09:29:35.765Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Admin: The "Pamlin & Armstrong (2015)" link was broken — I updated it.

Comment by jpaddison on Max_Daniel's Shortform · 2020-07-20T14:32:46.622Z · score: 2 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I would expect advanced AI systems to still be improveable in a way that humans are not. You might lose all ability to see inside the AI's thinking process, but you could still make hyperparameter tweaks. Humans you can also make hyperparameter tweaks, but unless your think AIs will take 20 years to train, it still seems easier than comparable human improvement.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Group Organizer Career Paths Outside of EA · 2020-07-15T10:05:51.968Z · score: 13 (7 votes) · EA · GW

I feel like this post wants to talk about organizing as a side project, but is better suited to professional community organizing. As a side project it could give connections and within-movement credentials that can be quite useful in other altruistic endeavors. 

Comment by jpaddison on What norms about tagging should the EA Forum have? · 2020-07-15T09:54:28.882Z · score: 18 (7 votes) · EA · GW

An important note about this is that the tag relevance feature is a special feature designed to counter the exact effect you describe. The way most tagging systems work, if you tag a very popular post with tag "Foo" then it will be shown first to people looking for Foo-related posts. But with our tagging system, users can say "this isn't very relevant" and it will stay with a low "tag relevance". See the Forecasting tag, and notice how the Forecasting newsletter comes above the LTF Fund grant post, despite being less popular overall.

So I'd say to be liberal with your application of tags and let the relevance system do the filtering.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-07-14T11:23:01.477Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

What page are you on when you want this? Do you spend a lot of time reading Recent Discussion on the homepage? On posts the header goes away when you scroll down and the bottom bar never appears at all.

Comment by jpaddison on New member--essential reading and unwritten rules? · 2020-07-13T16:16:51.082Z · score: 27 (16 votes) · EA · GW

Welcome! I like your writing. I found it humorous and moving. As for your question, I think you'll good general advice here: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/get-involved

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-07-02T13:31:32.668Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Re: your edit - yep, that will come with the new editor, though maybe not in the first iteration.

Comment by jpaddison on I'm Linch Zhang, an amateur COVID-19 forecaster and generalist EA. AMA · 2020-06-30T20:24:47.854Z · score: 14 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Why is pure accuracy overrated?

Comment by jpaddison on I'm Linch Zhang, an amateur COVID-19 forecaster and generalist EA. AMA · 2020-06-30T20:24:27.593Z · score: 15 (6 votes) · EA · GW

Can you give your reflections on the limits of expertise?

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-30T18:46:22.703Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Some of this will appear with the new editor, which has collaborative editing features built in.

but the UX doesn't seem intuitive, otherwise I would have noticed already

I admire your confidence. There's a sense in which if an experienced user doesn't know about a feature, it isn't well designed. OTOH, I assign some probability you've forgotten what the new post dialogue looks like.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-30T18:40:09.169Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

What you describe is almost exactly identical to an admin feature that we have from LessWrong. Which isn't much help to you yet, but might get released more widely.

Comment by jpaddison on Is it possible to change user name? · 2020-06-29T19:34:12.669Z · score: 12 (4 votes) · EA · GW

(This is something we haven't edited from LessWrong, so this is me speaking for why I agree with their call, not why I made it myself.) I'd say it's a little of both. I'd like to allow users to change it if it's important, but heavily discourage changes that lose continuity of user identification without much gain. If you have to talk to a human to do it, you're only going to do that if you think it's important. Maybe in the ideal case we'd do something like facebook, where they let you do it, but discourage you through multiple levels of "are you sure?" and "you won't be able to change your name again for x days". And/or we could implement moderator review. But we probably won't prioritize building these, as it seems like a lot of UI functionality that will be very rarely exercised, which is a recipe for bugs.

Comment by jpaddison on Problem areas beyond 80,000 Hours' current priorities · 2020-06-29T18:33:49.655Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

No. The backups contain data like user emails and private messages that are, well, private. We expose all our public information over our API.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T23:21:04.888Z · score: 6 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Thank you! Most of design credit goes to the LessWrong team, whose depth of focus on design I admire.

Comment by jpaddison on Problem areas beyond 80,000 Hours' current priorities · 2020-06-25T18:15:51.085Z · score: 8 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Short answer: Yes.

Our database provider provides backups automatically. I would be very surprised if they lost it. I think the largest remaining risk is that I accidentally issued a command to delete everything. In that worst case scenario, I'd be able to get one-off copies of the database that I've made at various points.

There's still a single point of failure at the level of my organization. If something (maybe a lawsuit? seems unlikely) were to force us to intentionally take the site down, you'd want to have backups outside of our control. For that you might want to see this question, which your comment may have prompted.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:09:23.790Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

On the object level, the search title bug is fixed on staging and should be deployed soon. On the meta level, the contact us page is on the sidebar as well. You were correct that it reaches Aaron not me, but if it’s a technical problem it will quickly get forwarded to me. Aaron just clarified the page to say that emailing Aaron is a good way to get to me.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:07:48.088Z · score: 10 (4 votes) · EA · GW

The bucket this falls in for me is ... Widgets! I really want to make widgets. For example, making it so authors could add a button to donate. This is planned, but not concretely.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:07:28.515Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I agree it isn’t great. This was slated for a redesign, but then I deprioritized it. I should probably revisit what the right thing to do is. I’ve been meaning to randomize it, as Habryka mentioned. (I want it to not be randomized when you're logged out, which is why it’s like this. It’s supposed to be a way for newcomers to see the best of the Forum, so they don’t get lost in the weekly churn.) Maybe just randomizing it for logged-in users would be enough, but an option to hide it seems good, if more work.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:06:55.635Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · EA · GW

It has. We no longer apply the same styling to h2 and h3. While you still can’t create h3s using the editor, you can paste in from google docs and they will appear correctly. Sorry for not mentioning this anywhere, it’s such an invisible change — I don’t know what I was thinking.

(Unfortunately, I will need to remake this change once the new editor ships. LessWrong does not want its posts to have more than 3 levels of headings [h1, h2 and bold text]. I don’t think that’s the right choice for the EA Forum, but sometimes their updates won’t be checked for compatibility with minor features of the Forum).

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:05:45.765Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Soon™️

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-25T18:05:21.925Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I also like this idea. In addition to the effect you describe, I think it could help your eyes track the conversation more easily. It would also add more color to the site. Here are some reasons why I currently think it’s a little too much work. First, it’s more work than it seems, because the current layout of these comments feels very unsuited for slapping in all but the tiniest of avatars. So we’d need to substantially update the comments UI as well as build the profile upload. Also it makes the experience of engaging in the comments nicer, but my current guess is most of the value comes from people writing good posts and more people reading them. I don’t see the strong causal pathway between pictures and more of that happening. — Having written that, if it caused authors to find the comment section friendlier, I could imagine them having a smaller barrier to posting. OTOH, I could imagine authors being more intimidated by the “oh crap these are real people” feeling. I’d be curious to hear thoughts from authors.

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-24T18:14:04.092Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

You might be interested in: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/EQJfdqSaMcJyR5k73/habryka-s-shortform-feed?commentId=dQT4kmtd594nQFf85

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-24T17:57:00.084Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · EA · GW

I didn't vote on it (nor do I think I should be voting on any comments in this thread), but I'd guess it has to do with the following: How do you tell edits for clarity from edits that change the meaning? You could imagine this getting heated on high stakes threads.

Comment by jpaddison on Can I archive the EA forum on the wayback machine (internet archive, archive.org) ? · 2020-06-24T17:48:32.422Z · score: 7 (5 votes) · EA · GW

EA Forum developer here. I'm not sure why the wayback machine can't read our site. The hard solution would be for me to fix this or for someone to submit a Pull Request. The easy solution would be to point archive.org at ea.greaterwrong.org which seems to render properly there

I believe this was discussed before but cannot remember where. I may be failing to credit someone for coming up with that workaround.

Comment by jpaddison on Antibiotic resistance and meat: why we should be careful in assigning blame · 2020-06-18T00:51:27.033Z · score: 13 (9 votes) · EA · GW

I just want to say that this is a great first post. It's a hallmark of EA to be able to say "I think your conclusion is correct, but this argument in favor isn't valid."

Comment by jpaddison on CEA's Plans for 2020 · 2020-04-24T18:28:06.526Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Adding a little bit to Max's comment. — When I count the number of our staff working on each section, I get ~half of staff focused on the external-facing goals. And that's on top of the business as usual work, which is largely external facing. I was one of the people pushing for more object level work this quarter, but my feeling of the distance between what it was and what I wanted it to be was not as high as it might seem from a simple count of the number of goals.[1]


  1. Which, to be clear, you had no way of knowing about, and you explicitly called out that it was weakly-held. ↩︎

Comment by jpaddison on EA Forum Downtime Monday April 13th 9:30pm PDT · 2020-04-14T05:13:45.601Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · EA · GW

That was about 7 minutes, for the curious.