It’s been great to see everyone contributing to the Donation Election, both with your posts and with your donations. If you weren’t finding it exciting enough already, we’re now offering rewards for different donation tiers! There are both individual rewards, and collective ones for if the fundraiser reaches certain milestones overall.
- $10: You can add a badge next to your name saying that you donated. This will last until around the end of December when the fundraiser closes. I’ve set this on my own profile so you can see what it looks like.
- $50: Someone who is bad at drawing will draw a picture of the animal or being of your choice. This will be a digital drawing, probably done by one of the CEA Online team.
- $100: Someone who is good at drawing will draw a picture of the animal or being of your choice (otherwise as above).
- $250: We will draw a portrait of you (or whoever you like) with Giving Season vibes — hopefully worthy of being used as your profile picture here or on other sites.
To claim your individual rewards you can DM @EA Forum Team with a screenshot of your donation receipt, saying which rewards you want to claim (i.e. you don’t have to claim the higher rewards if you don’t want them). You can do this even if you donated before these were announced.
Note that we may only do a limited number of drawings if it turns out we get loads of requests, but I’ll warn you here beforehand if it looks like this is going to be the case.
- $40,000: We’ll make a Forum yearbook photo, where anyone can be included if they want (by submitting a picture or telling us to use your profile pic), and we’ll make this the banner image of the Community page for the next year.
- $50,000: To celebrate this win for democracy with even more democracy, we’ll let Forum users vote for the next small feature we build. This will be chosen from a set of 5+ that we select beforehand. Here’s some that might end up on the list to give you an idea:
- A dark mode toggle on the Frontpage (currently it’s hidden in account settings)
- Forum-native polls
- The ability to mute/block people (so you wouldn’t see their posts or comments, and they wouldn’t be able to message you)
- Reactions on DMs
- The ability to sign up for job ads based on your preferences
- AI generated preview images for posts
- $75,000: To celebrate this huge win for democracy, we’ll let you vote for the next big feature we build. As above this will be decided from a fixed list, and here are some examples of big features we might put on the list:
- Posts private to logged-in users
- Private notes/highlights on posts
- Being able to react (agree/disagree/heart etc) to a specific passage in a post
- An easily accessible page for browsing editions of the Digest (a weekly curated list of top posts)
- A native way to limit your usage of the Forum to prevent doomscrolling
- The ability to set reminders and/or ”snooze” posts to read later
- $100,000: To celebrate tail risk events, we will host a “Lesswrong Freaky Friday”, where we dress up the Forum as LessWrong for the day and all try and act like LessWrongers.
For the vote-on-a-feature ones, please feel free to comment here (or DM me) with features that you would like to be included in the vote, and we’ll include them if they’re popular and the right size.
For if you're reading this far in the future:
Unless you happen to come to Trajan House in Oxford in which case you may be able to get a physical version
You should get a receipt by email, we just need a screenshot of the part that says your name and where you donated to (if you want to remain anonymous you can redact your name to claim the $10 reward, but not the higher ones). Note that to send a screenshot in a DM you have to drag and drop from your file explorer, if you have trouble with this you can instead email email@example.com from the email you use for your account
It’s worth noting that it’s already true that we’ll build features that lots of people ask for, so in general if you want a feature please ask. The thing we’re committing to in this case is that we’ll build the winner pretty quickly after the poll closes, whereas the other options will go on the “reevaluate later” pile and might get built eventually