Straw Poll: Is it better to enter a donor lottery anonymously or with one’s name attached?
Some reasons for entering anonymously:
You might generally care about anonymity/privacy on the internet
You might want to avoid public attention in case you win (e.g., perhaps some people might send you unsolicited fundraising pitches (which I hope they don’t), or you worry that you might feel pressured by other EAs to publish your grants or thinking)
You can always publish your name later, so entering anonymously has more option value
Some reasons for entering with your name attached:
It’s generally more exciting to know who else in the community is participating
It shows other people that you personally endorse the lottery as a serious way to donate effectively, which might encourage others to participate
I’m sure I forgot some points, so would be curious to hear what people think.
Given these reasons (and others) it seems there may be value in letting people enter with their name attached, but not revealing that person as the winner if they win.
Good point. I think this would probably involve some coding effort which I’m not sure is worth it, but it’s worth considering.