Lead developer for the EA Forum
Hi Saulius, thanks for writing this up! I’m super on board with a lot of this.
The way I imagine it, if someone sends them an EA forum post that’s relevant, they will read it. But if they then go to the EA forum frontpage or something, they see a bunch of posts that are mostly irrelevant for them.
This is a good point, and one I think I have probably neglected in my past thinking.
A bit of my models, hopefully briefly: I want niches within the Forum where people can interact with others who share their interests. I think this lowers the barrier to commenting / posting, as there’s less of a “the whole EA community will see this :grimace:” vibe. I do want to make sure the epistemic culture of the Forum is still preserved in such spaces. And I want the Forum to continue to have a broad reach, serving as a fabric holding the community together (avoiding silos).
Sure, they can press on a tag, but those are mostly old posts. They might be irrelevant now and if they comment on such a post, barely anyone will notice so there isn’t much incentive to do so.
This to me is the thing. Tags are currently good at curating historic content, and their descriptions (which make up the Wiki) provide an excellent introduction to the content. But they’re not spaces for people who are interested in the topic to interact.
An idea I’ve been thinking about for a while is to convert tags into communities. And slowly, piece by piece, without ever upending the Forum with a massive experiment, have subforums. (To my knowledge I haven’t written this up before.) The best content can get promoted to the frontpage, but users are free to interact with their peers with less exposure.
Unfortunately, I can’t promise you a timeline, and (after an initial foray last fall) I have paused working on it. But I do think this is a valuable direction for the Forum.
I believe Scott Alexander has cited this book’s “ballistically false” claim, and I definitely remember ~believing it and finding it strongly compelling.
Welcome to the Forum! That’s a good question.
There’s some conversation about likelihood of recovery in the event of total collapse of civilization. Some are optimistic, I think I’m somewhat less so. I could not quickly find a link unfortunately. I’m guessing there could be reasonable things to do to improve our post-collapse chances.
I’m not sure if this qualifies, but Allfed is interested in post-disaster food-security. I recommend this podcast if you haven’t heard it.
Last call for reviews! You can still submit reviews after the end of this phase, but if you want your reviews to count for inclusion in the next phase, you’ll need to submit the reviews before midnight UTC the night of the 15th. That’s midnight GMT, or 7pm EST.
We have extended the end of the review phase to the 15th, to give a full month for reviews.
It was the first I watched, selected because I remembered this post, or maybe someone mentioned it a few months ago?
I liked the cute dog aliens, and it was at the sweet spot of novel+specific enough to be interesting, but not too complex for relaxing after work.
I heard people say that this was surprisingly good, and I watched it and am surprised at how good it is. Nice work!
They were not nominated during the nominations phase. I’ll treat Tessa’s posting as a nomination though, and nominate them manually. You should now be able to vote on and review them.
I expect we will once they settle on a more stable UI.
I should write up an update about the Decade Review. Do you have questions about it? I can answer them here, but it will also help me inform the update.
This essay had a large effect on me when I read it early on in my EA Journey. It’s hard to assign credit, but around the time I read it, I significantly raised my “altruistic ambition”, and went from “I should give 10%” to “doing good should be the central organizing principle of my life.”
I know many smart people who disagree with me, but I think this argument is basically sound. And it has had, for me anyway, formed a healthy voice in my head pushing me towards strong conviction.
Today’s the last day of the Nominations Phase!
This had a large influence on how I view the strategy of community building for EA.
This post did a really good thing to how I see the world’s problems. So much of what’s wrong with the world is the fault of no one. Encapsulating the dynamics at play into “Moloch” helped me change the way I viewed/view the world, at a pretty fundamental level.
That’s very nice of you 🙂
Seconded. This describes it’s effect on me as well.
Thank you for your crossposting contributions Tessa!