One of my ongoing projects is cross-posting older EA-related content to the Forum. This makes it easier to find via search/tagging, allows people to make comments, lets it be added to sequences, etc.
So far, we've cross-posted:
We are in the process of cross-posting:
- All 80,000 Hours podcast transcripts
- The archives of Lewis Bollard's newsletter
In the future, we plan to cross-post:
- Many posts from the blogs of GiveWell and Open Philanthropy (including sequences like GiveWell's series of posts on geomagnetic storms)
- Most papers from the Global Priorities Institute (and perhaps other research institutes)
- Certain EA-related posts from Slate Star Codex
- Certain LessWrong sequences that seem like a good fit for the Forum
- Criticism of EA/specific orgs from authors like Ben Hoffman, Sarah Constantin, or Zvi Mowshowitz
Are there any posts, papers, or other writings that aren't on the Forum yet, and that you think we should cross-post?
(Don't worry about whether we might have thought of your suggestion already — just tell us what you think!)
tl;dr Maybe these cross-posts should initially show up on the front-page, like regular new posts do? (And I'm guessing they currently aren't, since I haven't spotted any.)
Glad to hear this is being done! As I mentioned here, this seems like a good thing to do, because:
But some of these benefits essentially require, or are increased if, the post starts off on the front page (or somewhere like that).
One not-super-obvious way this can be true is that, while people can make comments on a post that's not on the front page, such comments are likely to have far fewer readers than comments on posts that are currently on the front page. So people have less incentive to comment, and interesting comments reach fewer people.
For example, I recently made a cross-post for a GPI paper, partly to draw attention to it and partly because I'd written a bunch of thoughts on it which I wanted to share as comments. Since this started out on the front page, the post and comments got some attention and responses. This wouldn't have happened if instead I'd commented on an "archive" cross-post - people wouldn't only seen the post or comments if they found it via the tag, searching, or looking at "new comments" on the Forum.
(In fact, I do have a bunch of notes on another GPI paper that I want to share, but the paper was already cross-posted, so I'm not sure whether to comment there - expecting few readers of the comments - or make a new, separate cross-post or commentary post.)
So maybe these cross-posts should initially show up on the front-page?
Of course, these cross-posts showing up on the front page initially might be bad if there's a large amount of such cross-posts being made per week, since it displaces attention from newer content and might discourage people from posting newer things (if they expect fewer readers). On the other hand, I'm not sure that if that's bad:
We're currently having 80K podcasts show up on the front page, and considering what to do with other crossposts. We'd like more classic content to be widely visible (because it probably is better than the median new post), but dumping e.g. 10 posts in a single day (the pace at which old things are crossposted when we're actually doing this) feels spammy/overwhelming. But we want to post things quickly so they can be tagged and searchable. Maybe the solution is to rotate crossposts through the frontpage on some kind of schedule.