EA Facebook Group Greatest Hits: Top 50 Posts by Total Reactions

In the lat­est Open Thread, Ran­domEA re­quested that some­one com­pile the top posts from the EA Face­book group. I gather Face­book doesn’t provide group ad­mins a way to do this, so I de­cided to at­tempt it as an op­por­tu­nity to try my hand at web scrap­ing.

Below are the top 50 posts ranked by to­tal num­ber of “re­ac­tions”. [Edit for clar­ity: This in­cludes likes as well as the other op­tions such as “love”, “haha”, “an­gry”, etc. It does not in­clude com­ments/​shares.] (Get­ting the cor­rect num­ber of com­ments is prov­ing more com­plex, but I’m still hop­ing to work this out and post a fol­low up of top posts by num­ber of com­ments.)

At Ran­domEA’s sug­ges­tion, I’ve used the post au­thor’s ini­tials, un­less they’re a promi­nent EA. I erred on the side of cau­tion here, so apolo­gies if you’re more promi­nent than I re­al­ize :)

Fi­nally, if you’re work­ing on an EA pro­ject that could benefit from some amount of data scrap­ing or au­toma­tion, I’d be happy to help if I can.

Without fur­ther ado...

Top 50 EA Face­book Group Posts by To­tal Re­ac­tions as of 8/​19/​2018

Edit: Here’s a spread­sheet of all posts with 50+ “re­ac­tions”. Apolo­gies for for­mat­ting weird­ness past the first 50.

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  • Post Author: J. S.

  • Year: 2016

  • Post Text: I just met Karen An­der­son, Obama’s former Chief of Staff for the Pres­i­dent’s Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Ad­visers and a long time “es­tab­lish­ment” policy per­son. I was happy to hear her de­scribe that the past few years has seen a “rev­olu­tion­ary” em­pha­sis on data and ev­i­dence across all lev­els of gov­ern­ment. In her view, this new way of think­ing has be­come so en­grained in bu­reau­cra­cies that there’s “no go­ing back,” even with a Trump pres­i­dency. So that’s cool.

  • Post URL:
    https://​​face­book.com/​​groups/​​437177563005273/​​perma­l­ink/​​1031707346885622

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  • Post Author: Robert Wiblin

  • Year: 2015

  • Post Text: From see­ing statis­tics on the 80,000 Hours page, my im­pres­sion is that an ex­tra ‘like’ on a post means it gets put into an ex­tra 100-200 peo­ple’s Face­book feeds, and drives 2-6 ex­tra clicks on the link. This isn’t a rea­son to click ‘like’ on ev­ery­thing, but likes are a real way of up­vot­ing some­thing that you think de­serves more at­ten­tion than other posts on Face­book.

  • Post URL:
    https://​​face­book.com/​​groups/​​437177563005273/​​perma­l­ink/​​937309016325456

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  • Post Author: S. M.

  • Year: 2016

  • Post Text: Hello EA! My name is Sean and I’m a mem­ber of Har­vard EA. I am on the verge of suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing treat­ment for my 2nd bout with brain can­cer. After finish­ing, I’m con­sid­er­ing a bike trip from Bos­ton to Florida to raise money for an effec­tive ini­ti­a­tive that may or may not be can­cer re­lated. Although can­cer may be the most co­her­ent op­tion me­dia-wise con­sid­er­ing my per­sonal ex­pe­rience, I’d like to both make the biggest im­pact pos­si­ble and pro­mote the idea of do­ing so. Any sug­ges­tions for the best ini­ti­a­tive? I’m open to all sug­ges­tions.

  • Post URL:
    https://​​face­book.com/​​groups/​​437177563005273/​​perma­l­ink/​​1065583520164671

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  • Post Author: M. R.

  • Year: 2016

  • Post Text: I per­son­ally don’t need/​like lux­ury. How­ever, as a lawyer, when I drive a shitty car, the mes­sage that peo­ple are prob­a­bly read­ing is: I’m not suc­cess­ful, so I’m a re­ally bad lawyer. I think that bumper stick­ers or stick­ers in gen­eral with a mes­sage which would mean: ″I’m driv­ing this be­cause I be­lieve in donat­ing to char­ity″ or ″I en­joy giv­ing more than I en­joy pos­ses­sions″ . I don’t think I’m the only one who feels I would need to look more suc­cess­ful. Any thoughts?

  • Post URL:
    https://​​face­book.com/​​groups/​​437177563005273/​​perma­l­ink/​​1094771537245869

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  • Post Author: K. Y.

  • Year: 2015

  • Post Text: I would like to ask the ad­mins of this group to make a tiny change. Could the group please be named “Effec­tive Altru­ism”? The rea­son­ing is that “Effec­tive Altru­ists” iden­ti­fies a set of peo­ple, to which some be­long and some do not. It doesn’t leave room for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in the topic of effec­tive al­tru­ism but might not yet iden­tify that way[...]

  • Post URL:
    https://​​face­book.com/​​groups/​​437177563005273/​​perma­l­ink/​​923418271047864

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