I’m a single person using a single anonymous account :) Other anonymous accounts use other names.
Are people with disabilities or (especially) people who are intersex or non-binary under-represented in EA? My intuition is that there may be a greater proportion of them in EA than in the general population, but I haven’t checked this. Or did you mean that their opinions, experiences, and perspectives might not be very visible?
A list of people I can think of right now whose AMA I would at least consider asking a question on (non-exhaustive):
General categories: Employees at EA orgs, people with deep domain expertise in specific areas, EAs who’ve spent a long time researching a particular topic, EAs who want to do an AMA, non-EAs who want to do an AMA in good faith
Specific people: Toby Ord, Nick Beckstead, Nick Bostrom, Rob Wiblin, Ben Todd, Holden Karnofsky, Elie Hassenfeld, Kelsey Piper, Dylan Matthews, Nate Soares, Oliver Habryka, Julia Wise, Jeff Kaufman, Buck Shlegeris, Claire Zabel, Khorton, Larks, Jason Methany, Eric Drexler, Rachel Glennester, Michael Kremer, Peter Singer, Michelle Hutchinson, Holly Elmore, Kit Harris, kbog, Phil Trammell, Peter Hurford, Ozzie Gooen, Hilary Greaves, Julia Galef, Anna Salamon, Carl Shulman, Hauke Hillebrandt, Brian Tomasik, Luke Muehlhauser, Helen Toner, Scott Alexander, Simon Beard, Kaj Sotala, Tom Sittler, etc
I don’t understand why this question is downvoted with so many votes. It seems like a reasonable, if underspecified, question to me.
Edit: When I commented, this comment was at −2 with perhaps 15 votes.
I’d be super interested in hearing you elaborate more on most of the points! Especially the first two.
Also, what can normal EAs do about it?
I’m surprised that business expenses are 40% of revenue. I thought it would be a lot lower than that. Are you comfortable sharing what the biggest expenses are?
How do you decide your own cause prioritization? Relatedly, how do you decide where to donate to?
What do you think are the things or ideas that most casual EAs don’t know much about or appreciate enough, but are (deservedly or undeservedly) very influential in EA hubs or organizations like CEA, 80K, GPI, etc? Some candidates I have in mind for this are things like cluelessness, longtermism, the possibility of short AI timelines, etc.
If you had the option of making a small change to EA by pressing a button, would you do it? If so, what would it be? What about a big change?
What do you see as the best longterm path for EA? Should we try to stay small and weird, or try to get buy-in from the masses? How important is academic influence for the long term success of EA?
Is there a question you want to answer that hasn’t been asked yet? What’s your answer to it?
I agree that the impact of this decision is likely to be very small, but trying to analyze a complicated phenomenon can be personally beneficial for improving your skills at analyzing the impact of other phenomenon. In general, it seems good for EAs to practice analyzing the impact of various interventions, as long as they keep in mind that the impact of the intervention and the direct value of the analysis might be small.
As a data point, I would commit to tagging old posts for at least 1 hour if other people were also doing it or expressed interest in it happening.
Since this post has gotten very little traction, I wanted to let you (orenmn) know that at least I found it valuable and interesting!
Thank you! I’ll send you a link if/when I get around to working on the draft :)
Thanks for offering this service! I’d like to share a draft/idea with you (the second example in my comment here) but I don’t want to use my personal email since I want to keep my account anonymous. Is there a way I could get feedback from you without creating an anonymous email?
There’s an incorrect link in this sentence:
This post suggested the rather alarming idea that EA’s growth is petering out in a sort of logistic curve.
The link goes to Noah Smith’s blog post advocating the two paper rule.
Is there any data on how prize winners generally feel about winning? Does the prize help motivate them to either write the material or post it here?