Apr 05, 2016
Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world. (See Wikipedia) This forum brings together people who want to change the world, to make plans and share announcements.
Effective altruism is a joint effort. To allow collaboration and constructive sharing of ideas, we expect a basic level of politeness from users. Spam, abuse and materials advocating major harm or illegal activities are deleted. Participants who are unnecessarily rude or offensive will usually receive feedback from the moderating team.
Advertisements (including job ads) are similarly unwelcome. Exceptions for discussing new positions at EA organizations may be allowed if they are primarily intended to inform the community about a change in strategy or emphasis by a major EA organization.
One heuristic is that posts are appropriate if they would be of interest to the EA community as a whole including community members who have no intention to take advantage of the specific opportunity being discussed.
Among the various avenues for discussing thoughts on EA, the EA Forum is the place for presenting long-form thoughtful articles. If you want to share some short-form content or spontaneous ideas, consider posting in the Facebook groups Effective Altruism or EA Hangout instead. The Facebook group EA Hangout is also the appropriate place for discussing personal matters which are related to EA, as the EA Forum is not a good place for these.
If you are uncertain whether your post is appropriate for the EA Forum or whether it is better posted elsewhere, you can ask the moderating team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently (as of May 2018), it's Denise Melchin, Howie Lempel, and Julia Wise, using the email address email@example.com.
When you vote articles up and down, you give the users karma. The karma is equal to the number of upvotes minus the downvotes, and by default, the higher rated posts are more visible. The karma is the number shown next to each post or above each comment.
You need five karma to post an article, though you don’t need any karma to comment on articles or open threads, or to vote.
When you look at your karma on the all-time leaderboard, the karma from your articles is weighted ten times more strongly than your comments.
You can add an icon that links to your EA Profile by your username when you comment or post, so readers can see who you are and find out more about you. The icons linking to Profiles on the Forum will look like this: .
To add your Profile, log in, then click Preferences at the top right of the EA Forum:
Then fill in EA Profiles Link at the bottom of the page:
If you can’t find your profile, find it in this alphabetical list, or sign up at the Effective Altruism Hub if you need to create a new one.
Not currently, though you can of course make a new account.
Using the GitHub repository.
At our issues page on GitHub.
The EA Facebook group is the other main public forum. It tends to have briefer, more-frequent posts, and a higher proportion of people new to effective altruism.