Great question Aaron! The LessWrong team wrote a good description of it that I’m going to steal:
Ask a Question. In your user menu (in the upper right corner of the screen) there is now an option for questions to ask a question, which will create a post with the question-flag. For now, it’ll appear normally in lists of recent posts (including the home page, daily and your personal profile)
Answer a Question. This is similar to a comment, but the formatting is different to highlight that this is meant to have a different feel than commenting. Answers should aspire to resolve a question as accurately and thoroughly as possible, such that if you just read the question-followed-by-single-answer you’d have a pretty complete understanding of the issue.
Comment on an Answer. By default, only the top 3 comments will be displayed, but if you want to dig into the discussion of a given answer you can expand them.
Comment on a Question. You can comment on an overall question, without answering. This is for if you’re still trying to understand the question, or you think it’s making a conceptual mistake, or you just have some thoughts that don’t neatly fall into the “answer” format.
Specialized Table of Contents. Questions with at least one answer automatically have a Table of Contents, even if there are no headings, to help users orient on a fairly complicated page.
I enjoyed this very much.
Look for an update some time around 2028.
Agreed but with the caveat that I’d rather see something imperfect than nothing at all. I like the post and I’m glad it was cross-posted.
Coming soon! Should be announced by Giving Tuesday, although I’m a bit behind schedule.
I’m glad you like them, and thanks for asking 🙂.
It took me a minute to figure this on out. It looks to me like the editor switches to “Plain Markdown Editor” on mobile, even if you don’t ordinarily have it enabled. Here’s how to make links in markdown:
[optional link text like “click here”](https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/fakelink).
Thanks for going the extra mile and writing up the results of your research.
You should call this brain-hurricaning.
You can do link posts, but the way the alignment forum does it relies on them sharing the same database.
Suppose for sake of argument that I have p < .1% that a being existed who had access to moral facts and could influence the world. Given this, the likelihood that one is confused on some basic question about morality would be higher.
Reason could give us access to moral facts. There are plenty of informed writers who would claim to have solved the Is-Ought Problem. If one does not solve the Is-Ought problem, I’m not clear why this is better than moral subjectivism, though I didn’t read the link on subjectivism.
This conclusion haunts me sometimes, although I’ve come to it from a different direction. I find it nontrivial to find fault with, given moral uncertainty. I haven’t come across the “worlds where we know moral realism” argument before. Upvoted. Here are two possible objections as replies to this comment:
Credit where credit is due: we are deeply indebted to the Less Wrong team for letting us use their codebase and providing assistance with the transformation and migration.
No worries. I’m a newcomer to posting Forum comments, so I expect to need to train my writing. I updated the comment, thanks!
It seems like from an evolutionary perspective, children have a higher incentive to communicate their emotions and adults have a higher incentive to take action in response. I worry that this throws off our calibration of the magnitude of their respective experiences.
It’s not obvious to me how to get order of magnitude estimates on the expected value of these considerations. They seem likely to be true, but I’m uncertain how to weigh against the value of a ‘traditional’ EA-aligned career.
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Despite widespread agreement with the principle, I find this pretty rare to happen in practice. Do you have ideas for how this could become a more catchy social convention?
Hi, sorry for the confusion. I agree it’s suboptimal to have the duplicated Forums, and am working as fast as I can to get it up. I think it is good to have the new Forum get tested and for people who wish to to get familiar with it before redirecting the entire Forum traffic to it. It is a fork of the LW codebase, but there are enough changes to have allowed many bugs to have been caught already. I’m aiming to have the new Forum up before Friday Nov 2nd, or the week after. I have been less good than I might have hoped at making timing predictions however, and have tried to avoid having people plan around predictions that have not proved well-calibrated. Thanks for your patience.
Bug report filed: URLs are not automatically turned in to links. In the mean time:
Does anyone have recommendations for activities that are valuable for people considering their values? Or people considering / doing action?