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Get advice from a biosecurity professional 2022-08-23T18:12:50.161Z
Import your EAG(x) info to your profile & other new features (Forum update June 2022) 2022-07-01T15:46:05.925Z
New forum feature: Map of Community Members 2022-05-04T14:18:50.521Z
Forum Update: New Features (Feb 2022) 2022-02-23T22:11:04.799Z

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Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Open Thread: June — September 2022 · 2022-07-26T18:31:02.726Z · EA · GW

In case you didn't know, you can customize your frontpage so that you see less community posts.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Import your EAG(x) info to your profile & other new features (Forum update June 2022) · 2022-07-07T19:47:49.784Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the feedback! This feature was an experiment, and based on the results we've decided to remove it from the forum. We might redesign it and run a follow-up experiment in the future, so if you have other thoughts on it we'd be interested to hear them.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on New forum feature: Map of Community Members · 2022-05-07T16:44:09.353Z · EA · GW

Thanks, I like that suggestion!

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on New forum feature: Map of Community Members · 2022-05-05T02:14:49.537Z · EA · GW

Given the limited real estate on mobile, I decided to hide the map and the "add me" button there. I figured the primary use case for mobile would be searching the list of users. Let me know if you have any specific mobile UX suggestions.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on New forum feature: Map of Community Members · 2022-05-04T19:20:55.688Z · EA · GW

I recommend you add that in your bio, since the text search will match on both the map location and any text written in your bio. :)

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EAG is over, but don't delete Swapcard · 2022-05-03T00:53:36.294Z · EA · GW

We are hiring software engineers to help build some of this on the EA Forum. :)

[Note: The rest are my personal thoughts - we're a small team that may not have the capacity to consider interns.]

I've mentored many interns, and in my experience, it takes a lot of my time to provide a valuable learning experience for them. Unfortunately I think it's easy for this to end up as a net negative in terms of productivity. I did enjoy the experience, so I think it would be fun to do again, but it's a bit hard to justify with our team of ~3 engineers.

I would be curious if you think there is something particularly valuable about interning at CEA, vs a tech company with experienced mentors. My guess is that the average student would get more out of the latter.

A couple ways I could imagine this working are:

  1. If someone were just interested in shadowing one of us for a day or two, to learn what it's like to work here
  2. If someone had a specific feature / project in mind, and required relatively little oversight or feedback from us - our codebase is public, so you could try contributing in small ways first before attempting to build something larger
Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EAG is over, but don't delete Swapcard · 2022-05-03T00:15:52.346Z · EA · GW

That's right, we are planning to adapt some Swapcard-like functionality to the EA Forum. We are still in the product exploration phase so no concrete roadmap, but it's likely we will focus on user profiles / search / matching rather than features such as friending or scheduling. Swapcard is more tailored to conferences specifically, so we will not be replacing that entirely any time soon.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Consider Not Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name · 2022-04-28T23:10:06.717Z · EA · GW

Yes, currently you can contact us and our team can hide your profile page from search engines. We are considering allowing users to do this themselves. However, there are ways to view profile info that are outside the profile itself, so we need to be careful about how we communicate this feature.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Is it possible to change user name? · 2022-04-28T01:19:30.964Z · EA · GW

Hi there - it looks like you were affected by our bug, but I think I was able to fix your account so that you can change your username now. If that doesn't work please contact us and we can update your username for you.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Consider Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name · 2022-04-27T23:03:16.300Z · EA · GW

Thanks for asking! It sounds like you were affected by our bug, so please contact us and we will update your username for you.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Consider Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name · 2022-04-27T23:00:00.030Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the post! We do encourage people to use their real names as their usernames.

Our current policy is that each user can change their own username once[1] - you can do this by going to the Edit Account page and updating your "Display Name".

After that, further changes to your username need to be done by moderators. Please contact us to ask to change your username. :)

  1. ^

    Unfortunately we had a bug that took this one chance away for many users. This should be fixed for new accounts going forward, but if you don't see this option in your Edit Account page, then please reach out to us and we will change your username for you.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T22:19:04.220Z · EA · GW

LW have been working hard on this, and are still ironing out the bugs. When it's more production-ready, the EA Forum devs will figure out how we might want to enable it (ex. we might want some different functionality here).

If you're excited for collaborative editing, I recommend you beta test it on LW and give them lots of feedback! :) That will help improve both forums.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T22:05:34.675Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! I've added it to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T22:01:50.823Z · EA · GW

I believe moderators can do this for you, but perhaps we should allow users to do this as well. I'll add it to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T21:59:47.079Z · EA · GW

We appreciate your feedback! We will explore how to better support users without Google access.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T21:54:02.667Z · EA · GW

Thanks Vaidehi! I've added it to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-03-09T21:50:18.376Z · EA · GW

I believe we can rss-import blogs to the forum, and we currently do so for a few. We have to manually set it up on our end, so if you contact us we can work with you to start doing this. :)

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Forum Update: New Features (Feb 2022) · 2022-02-24T16:12:34.736Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! I've added it to our list for triage. Also I agree that "sequence" is unclear - personally I'm a fan of "series", since it still implies that there is an order, but I haven't put that much thought into it. :)

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum Feature request: More privacy features · 2022-02-15T20:07:31.819Z · EA · GW

Thanks for providing feedback on the Forum! I just wanted to clarify some of the specific features you requested.

  1. ability to delete account and all posts/comments
  2. ability to delete account but leave posts/comments up
  3. ability to change username
    • You can now do this from your account settings page! Though you only get one change, after that you'll have to contact us to change it again.
  4. ensure the subdomain or link alloted reflects changed username
  5. ability to disable profile from search indexing
  6. ability to disable posts from search indexing

We really appreciate hearing from folks. We keep an eye on the Forum feature suggestion thread, so please feel free to post suggestions there.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on Low-Commitment Less Wrong Book (EG Article) Club · 2022-02-12T21:58:39.653Z · EA · GW

I believe I've converted this to a normal post - please let me know if you see any issues.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-01-21T21:16:11.414Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! Markdown formatting should work, though I agree it's very unclear how to add a link your bio. And it looks like we already have an item in our backlog to use the rich text editor for the bio. :)

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2022-01-21T21:03:31.602Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestions! I've added them to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-12-22T22:59:20.876Z · EA · GW

Great suggestions! I added them to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-11-29T23:22:21.667Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the screenshot - that's helpful! I'll add this suggestion to our list for triage, though I think the browser's translation is good enough for most cases.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-11-29T20:04:36.962Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! Could you expand on this idea a bit? Are you imagining that each post has a button that lets you translate the post body into any language you select?

I think most events have a specific language they will cater to, so if you can't read the Italian event description you probably won't get much from attending the event.

That said, I have been considering adding "languages spoken" to the user profile, and displaying what languages are spoken by the event attendees on the event page (based on people RSVPing). This could be helpful if you are looking for nearby in-person events but you don't speak the local language (ex. you are traveling or recently moved). But I assume users will generally ignore any events posted in a language they don't understand.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-11-29T19:46:10.711Z · EA · GW

Appreciate the suggestions! I've added them to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-11-29T19:41:17.266Z · EA · GW

Thanks for the suggestion! I've added this to our list for triage.

Comment by Sarah Cheng (syc) on EA Forum feature suggestion thread · 2021-11-29T19:39:25.457Z · EA · GW

Thanks Nathan! I see this is already in our backlog. :)