Yea, I think so too. If you have the motivation to look at a video of factory farming before entering the supermarket every time, you likely also have the motivation to just buy what you really want to buy anyway. So it would be more effective if the content is presented automatically through smartphone notifications, background images on your laptop, printed out versions around your house, etc. In any case, it could be the critical extra push for some people.
Figuring out how best/most convincingly to convey the basic EA arguments around expansion of our moral circle, realities of income distributions around the globe, disparities in effectiveness among charities etc, is also an important topic. Doing Good Better as a whole did a great job for me.
if im not mistaken, when you hover over the link to a post you just see the beginning of the post, right? this sometimes is not very useful. maybe you could give post creators another text field (“thumbnail”/”preview”/”tl;dr”) where they can explicitly fill in what should be shown when hovering over the link. this field should probably be character limited then. this text should be displayed at the top of the post, too. (and if posters dont fill it out it could just fall back to showing the beginning of the post).
or written by anyone but approved by the author?
i would find it helpful to establish a norm to begin posts with a short (!) ‘tl;dr’-section which summarizes the main results/arguments of the article, since sometimes it is hard to tell what a post is about only from the title/the preview one gets by hovering over the link.
thanks for the summary. useful for me since i dont know a lot about this subject yet. :)
would definitely also enjoy a bit more detail about the results of the research of the last years. like what are the major camps, arguments, open questions etc
i use evernote to keep longterm lists of books to read, business ideas, recipes, …
i really like this ‘perspectives’ post format :)
An interesting idea for sure. I see two major points that would have to be clarified/speak against it.
1. is the question what kind of claim can be made about who this letter speaks for. Procedures to ensure such a letter truly speaks for ‘the EA community’ would be tricky to devise i think. The first reason is that opinions on many issues are very diverse. Secondly, the community is not organized strictly enough to plausibly establish ‘representative voting’ or a similar mechanism
2. I see a clear danger of politization of the movement because many times the occasions for such open letters are current events or public policy. These occasion carry the risk of making the EA community appear to be a specific political camp which could negatively impact its appearance if independence/credibility.
An interesting idea definitely, which also raises questions about the structure