Forum update: New features (December 2020)
Several types of embedded content are now available on the Forum. You’ll have to be in the standard editor to make them work, though — not the Markdown editor.
Note that when I talk about “pasting in URLs” below, you’ll have to paste the URL by itself; this won’t work if you paste in a block of text that includes an embeddable URL.
Using Elicit, you can create forecasting questions and contribute predictions right here on the Forum!
If you create a question, you’ll see it pop up on the list of all questions. From that list, click any question to open the “copy URL” button, then click that button:
Paste that URL into a Forum post, and you’ll get an interactive forecast:
However, you may still want to include a link to the question’s page on Elicit, so that people can see it in more detail (the URL isn’t available within the embed).
Because EA isn’t about deception, I’m not going to hide what this video is:
Just paste a YouTube URL into your post, and you’ll see the video pop up.
These were previously visible if you hovered over a Metaculus URL, but are now fully embeddable (and thus, functional on mobile).
Pasting a URL for a Metaculus question will produce an embedded chart:
Posts now default to Frontpage
Previously, all new posts started out with a “Personal Blog” tag, which meant that they had to be given the “Frontpage” tag by a moderator in order to show up on the front page.
Now, all new posts will start out with a “Frontpage” tag. Posts that aren’t clearly relevant to effective altruism will be moved to “Personal Blog” by a moderator.
Most new posts fit into the “Frontpage” category, so we expect this change to save a lot of time and trouble for authors and moderators alike.
To keep out spam, posts by new users will still be completely hidden until a moderator has reviewed that user.
Various minor changes
EA Groups sidebar link
The Forum’s sidebar now contains a link to the EA Hub’s group directory. We hope this helps more new users find groups and events.
Better social media preview images
When you link to a post with an image, the preview image (e.g. for Facebook) will default to the first image in the post — rather than the Forum’s logo, as was the case before.
Subscript and superscript support
Both of our editors now support sub- and superscript! Here’s what it looks like:
However, you’ll have to paste in the text for this to work in the main editor; we don’t have sub- or superscript buttons yet.
In Markdown, you can access subscript with the following syntax:
H~2~0 = H2O
Superscript may be available, too; I’ll update this post when I know more.
Changes to Recent Discussion
Previously, clicking “load more” in the Recent Discussion section of the frontpage would eventually stop working. Now, Recent Discussion uses infinite scroll to display an endless stream of insightful comments (as well as my comments).
Also, comments on tags will now appear in Recent Discussion.