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Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk 2020-07-08T10:37:08.017Z · score: 11 (8 votes)
What EA questions do you get asked most often? 2020-06-23T17:12:09.583Z · score: 7 (2 votes)
What are good sofware tools? What about general productivity/wellbeing tips? 2020-06-15T11:47:30.417Z · score: 7 (5 votes)
What is your favourite readings for weddings/ funerals/ important community events? 2020-05-28T11:14:57.508Z · score: 5 (2 votes)
What question would you want a prediction market about? 2020-01-19T14:16:57.356Z · score: 4 (1 votes)
What content do people recommend looking at when trying to find jobs? 2019-12-19T09:50:21.395Z · score: 11 (3 votes)
UK General Election: Where would you look for impact analysis of policy platforms? 2019-11-14T17:13:17.459Z · score: 3 (2 votes)
A rationalism discussion with some useful lessons on culture 2019-11-05T09:29:30.150Z · score: 11 (6 votes)
Nathan Young's Shortform 2019-11-05T09:11:05.415Z · score: 3 (1 votes)
Ineffective Altruism: Are there ideologies which generally cause there adherents to have worse impacts? 2019-10-17T09:24:22.687Z · score: 1 (2 votes)
Who should I put a funder of a $100m fund in touch with? 2019-10-16T10:22:51.502Z · score: 6 (3 votes)
How to do EA Global well? How can one act during EA Global so as to make the most effective changes afterwards? 2019-10-16T10:21:03.573Z · score: 13 (5 votes)
I Estimate Joining UK Charity Boards is worth £500/hour 2019-09-16T14:40:14.359Z · score: 11 (9 votes)
EU AI policy and OPSI Consultation 2019-08-08T09:51:15.589Z · score: 19 (6 votes)
What are your thoughts on my career change options? (AI public policy) 2019-07-19T16:50:08.813Z · score: 9 (6 votes)
Please May I Have Reading Suggestions on Consistency in Ethical Frameworks 2019-07-08T09:35:18.198Z · score: 10 (4 votes)
How does one live/do community as an Effective Altruist? 2019-05-15T21:20:02.296Z · score: 23 (17 votes)
This website is really functional and attractive (to me) 2019-05-08T08:56:19.942Z · score: 0 (5 votes)
Is EA unscalable central planning? 2019-05-07T07:25:07.387Z · score: 9 (6 votes)
If this forum/EA has ethnographic biases, here are some suggestions 2019-05-06T11:20:51.105Z · score: -3 (15 votes)
How do we check for flaws in Effective Altruism? 2019-05-06T10:59:41.441Z · score: 39 (23 votes)

Comments

Comment by nathan on Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk · 2020-07-08T10:40:39.917Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

If you can't access the article on the economist, I'd recommend Blendle, which is spotify but for news.

https://blendle.com/i/economist/whats-the-worst-that-could-happen/bnl-economist-20200626-2fda187ce08?utm_campaign=social-share&utm_source=blendle&utm_content=blendletrending-android&sharer=eyJ2ZXJzaW9uIjoiMSIsInVpZCI6Im5hdGhhbnBteW91bmciLCJpdGVtX2lkIjoiYm5sLWVjb25vbWlzdC0yMDIwMDYyNi0yZmRhMTg3Y2UwOCJ9&utm_medium=external

Comment by nathan on Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk · 2020-07-08T10:40:00.093Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · EA · GW

The article is positive, easy to understand and communicates EA ideas well. It is high reputation (the economist is well respected) and comes with easy to understand examples (volcanoes and solar storms). This is good.

Comment by nathan on Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk · 2020-07-08T10:38:58.338Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

The article seemed overly concerned on the risk of solar storms. There are many higher priority issues it could have focused on.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-29T12:49:48.996Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think we should upvote features we'd like and let the tech team decide what is possible to implement.

It might be hard, it might not.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-29T12:48:34.107Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think EA wikis have been tried in the past.

For what it's worth I think rather than storing information you want to store connections and allow for easy error checking. I suggest this is the non-obvious value of wikipedia.

In that regard I think a roam board would be better than a wiki.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-29T11:42:00.466Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

It has taken me a long time to find the EA online events calendar (thanks @EdoArad) could this be displayed more prominently

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ie5uop71imftf4ut2htbv789v8@group.calendar.google.com

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-29T11:34:32.421Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Sure but you could reduce the friction on that. And ideally make it more trackable.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-29T11:23:58.509Z · score: 4 (1 votes) · EA · GW

For what it's worth I think you want this to have the minimal friction but that maybe suggestions are hidden as standard.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-26T14:11:49.545Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Is there an equivalent post on lesswrong for this discussion?

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-26T14:11:27.783Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

It says who has edited it and how. I think you'd be careful when using it and if someone abused it it would be clear to everyone that they had done so.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-26T14:08:14.302Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I don't think so. As I commented, parhaps these start invisible (or with little markers you can mouse over). I find it works on google docs.

what do you think?

Comment by nathan on EA is risk-constrained · 2020-06-25T12:11:46.834Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think I'd go further. If an EA organisation or some other EAs aren't willing to support you in running your project then should you be doing it as you're main job?

As a side project, sure, but no funding means noone else is convinced of your impact. This seems like a good reason to choose a different path.

Comment by nathan on Patrick Collison on Effective Altruism · 2020-06-24T09:20:15.465Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Let's model it. Currently it seems a very vague risk. If it's a significant risk, it seems worth considering in a way that we could find out if we were wrong.

I'd also say things like:

  • EAs do a lot of projects, many of which are outlandish or not obviously impactful, how does this compare to the counterfactual?
Comment by nathan on Patrick Collison on Effective Altruism · 2020-06-23T23:13:01.559Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Fun post. Thanks for adding it and to Patrick and Jason.

And similarly, as we have a look at the things that in hindsight seem like very good things to have happen in the world, it's often unclear to me how an EA oriented intuition might have caused somebody to do so

I think this point is a good one but it doesn't hold up. This post has 40 upvotes and no negative comments. Seemlingly everone agrees that it's good for people to follow non-standard paths. This is literally how "an EA oriented intuition might have caused somebody to do so".

Does someone want to send Patrick his membership details?

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T22:58:31.482Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Any thoughts on how you would answer this question?

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:23:29.263Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · EA · GW

https://www.effectivealtruism.org/grants/

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:22:01.705Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Write a post on the forum about it. Write that your considering looking for funding. If it gets postiive feedback then take poeple's recommendation. If it gets negative feedback or little uptake, improve and try again.

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:18:47.827Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

https://80000hours.org/

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:18:27.336Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

How can I find an EA job?

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:18:11.950Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

How can I get grant funding for my project?

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:13:52.628Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

https://www.givedirectly.org/

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:13:30.653Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

https://www.givewell.org/

Comment by nathan on What EA questions do you get asked most often? · 2020-06-23T17:12:46.265Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

What are some effective charities?

Comment by nathan on Nathan Young's Shortform · 2020-06-23T13:36:00.729Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Plant-based meat. Fun video from a youtuber which makes a strong case. Very sharable. https://youtu.be/-k-V3ESHcfA

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-23T08:19:30.283Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah that works too.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T15:50:07.443Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

No pressure, but I'd be really interested to know why everone hates this idea. Maybe I've phrased it badly.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T15:48:22.486Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I dont' know whether you want this to be a chat platform, but maybe having them function as email groups?

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T15:46:49.726Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Perhaps these are not visible itially but you can toggle that.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T15:46:27.733Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Perhaps these are not visible itially but you can toggle that.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T15:45:40.773Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Aaron used to do these, I wonder why he stopped https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/rB3kQng99cXDim7XH/open-thread-45

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T09:56:19.360Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

WebMonetization - this takes about 30 minutes to add to a website, ask me how. Then anyone who has Coil would give money to this site - (maybe then just give it to charity).

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T09:51:29.600Z · score: 11 (5 votes) · EA · GW

Dark mode.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-20T09:45:15.452Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

I think it should be anonynous rather than showing which user you are.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T18:21:08.865Z · score: -13 (8 votes) · EA · GW

High karma individuals can edit others comments for clarity.

I edited this for clarity.

Comment by nathan on Longtermism ⋂ Twitter · 2020-06-19T18:18:30.991Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

My hypothesis is that twitter spreads contraversial views (people *share* things they think are interesting or novel) whereas reddit spreads consensus views (people upvote things they think are true). This is worth remembering while you are on twitter. You probably project a more contraversial version of yourself by mainly retweeting things that you especially agree with.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:23:37.322Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Example here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_cascade

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:20:56.059Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

"What should our community guidelines be?"

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:20:35.946Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

"Please order these cause areas by importance" -> how does the community's thoughts compare to 80k's?

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:18:32.857Z · score: 6 (2 votes) · EA · GW

The expectation that *ALL* EA resources should be in this forum. Ideally people would post books (with the tag "book") and then new users could see which resources the community thinks are worth reading first.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:17:10.474Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

What are your most useful tools https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/zY9grSFwxmskxGQY4/what-are-good-sofware-tools-what-about-general-productivity

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:14:26.386Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

There could be a "new to EA, book a call" button and EAs could sign up to a call. This would be very welcoming.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T17:10:44.373Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Thanks to whoever burned this early :P I suggest this is evidence towards my point.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:42:55.240Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · EA · GW

Soon after publishing, hide scores on comments so people aren't biased by them. Randomise the order of comments early on.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:30:49.298Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Related to this what does our user research say that new users think about the forum? Do they think it is minimalist or stark? I guess we could learn this, particularly if we want EA to be more representative of the global population.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:28:28.509Z · score: 3 (5 votes) · EA · GW

This needn't be written by the author - it could be added by higher karma readers, for instance.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:27:56.427Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA · GW

I've been working on something similar to this recently (I've added all my thoughts as sperate suggestions here). I am not sure you need live editing, but upovable suggestions, comments in text and requests for citations/citations seem valuable.

Would love to talk about this some time. My calendly is here https://calendly.com/nathanpmyoung/video-call

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:24:10.411Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Community threads on each of impact, tractability and neglectedness of different cause areas. Would be interesting to see if their ordering agrees with 80k.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:23:20.377Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · EA · GW

Numbers in articles which get multiplied at the end. The ability for the community to forecast these numbers and it change the overall result.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:22:41.011Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · EA · GW

Ability to add postive or negative citations to points in an article.

The ability to request a citation on a specific point.

Comment by nathan on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2020-06-19T16:21:05.564Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

A way this could work is that EAs could log in wiht their calendly and then a visitor would choose a time and it would randomise among EAs who were free.

The main thing is that you want the friction to be low enough that it gets used.

EA seems to think networking is valuable enough to arrange conferences. This would expand that.