Thanks for the answer!
the information in that wiki is now lost to the wind
Woh, that’s sad. Some thing for us to keep in mind for the future...
This may or may not fulfil your needs (and isn’t _quite_ a wiki), but the EA Hub resources (resources.eahub.org), is a repository for EA links, and we hope to grow the number of resources available.
Indeed, suggestions would solve many problems! Still, the question is how to make it appealing for contribution. I really like button “Edit” on wikipedia, as it doesn’t imply complex underlying revision processes and gives me around as much power as I want...
Can you please share your vision on the optimal knowledge management within EA? @EdoArad provided quite some ideas on how it could be organized, and among other I agree with the vision that if anywhere, the new knowledge base should be kept under EA Hub domain. So if you think it worth discussing, I’d be happy to engage.
This post on how to find EA documents, the forum pingbacka and asking questions on the forum are some examples of ways to find information.
That’s very useful, thanks! Pingbacks especially.
There is research on what gets people motivated to write in wikipedia. Here is a recent study that found some interesting stuff, and they conclude with
Wow, so we even have some theory on that. And motivation from the paper looks aligned with EA values.
I think that we should strategically plan how to incentivize possible contributors. Ideally, people should contribute based on what would be the most valuable, which is something that may be achievable through prizes
Completely agree. And also really appreciate your science-based approach. We definitely should discuss it if more of us agree that some platform for open contributions is needed.
I think that it would take a big effort to bootstrap something new. The efforts going into EA Hub seems to me like a good place to start a centralized knowledge base.
I’d like something like a top/bottom research agenda on “how to do the most good”, that ends with concrete problems
Yep! We also have such list in EA Denmark though ours is much simpler. And indeed, it was one of the things that pushed me to ask this question.
It seems that something like Roam could be great, because it is designed to make it easy to create pages and has backlinks to support exploration and has other neat stuff. It is still not mature enough though.
I was thinking a lot about GitHub-like structures. It’s too complicated for general knowledge, but designed pretty well for more complex domains. For example, if a group works on something like OpenPhil Cause Reports, where producing each piece of information takes long time, and also work of the beginners must be validated by more experienced users. In such cases system of branches allows splitting publishing-ready information from work in progress, issues allow to contribute for those who isn’t skilled enough to create product, but has enough experience to note a problem. And so on. But that’s just one of possibilities.
This can be possibly implemented adequately on the forum (but requires better search, better norm for writing information, and a better norm of referencing to other materials, perhaps in the comments).
Not sure about that. Different kind of information requires different types of knowledge bases. And here as an example we can take forums, StackOverflow and wikipedia. As far as I understand, if you want to share information about a topic, where some consensus can be found over time and once found is not expected to be changed quickly, then you want wiki. So, someone writes an article with main ideas about the topic and others polish it up (which is kind of impossible on forums). Another situation is if your domain changes too quickly (such as programming languages). Then there is no reason in having overhead for having nicely written articles about every aspect of it. At maximum you’ll need to have some blog posts. And the third popular case is asking for personal opinion: it can be either some tips and hacks (StackOverflow has plenty) or just discussion of some ideas like we do know. And this is impossible on wiki.
My impression is that in EA community we lack well-organized up-to-date information, which would represent some kind of consensus instead of a bunch of personal opinions. Your list “how to do the most good” is one example of a thing, which can’t be implemented on forum. For such lists, suggestions to EA Hub resources, which @cafelow mentioned would solve the problem. But in general I wouldn’t expect them being as effective as wiki.
And this is an interesting experiment in a mechanism designed to improve incentives for collective knowledge production.
Hah, if you have problems with incentives, just add some markets! :)
Unfortunately, no. The archive there contains only the html with the main page and some logos...
Yep, this feature would be extremely useful! Indeed, for some programming languages such customized google engines exist and works reasonably well. Don’t know how they did that, but here are two examples: https://rseek.org/ and http://steampiano.net/julia-search/index.html .
Thanks, that’s important piece of information! I’ve read only on their paper on The existential threat of antimicrobial resistance, and I think the author presents only one side and missed too much of crucial information. But as you say the variance is high, I’ll take a deeper look.
Didn’t know Greg was publishing there. Thanks for the comment, perhaps that’s the answer!