There are really a lot of EA grants for community-building, but very few for the acts of community destroying, even though there are significant limits to how large a healthy community can grow, and also some people smell bad.
In general we should not assume that one big community is better than several little communities. While there are many redundancies from different groups attempting to meet the same goal, there are also overheads to coordinating large groups, and the scaling rate of these are plausibly much worse. Studies show that several measures of the efficiency and productivity of workers can decrease with firm size. With research groups, we find a doubling of the number of researchers less than doubles all measures of impact and we should expect the same to be true of communities. Yes, a larger group can do more - but can it do more than two smaller groups? This research would suggest not, at least beyond some size limit.
In-group co-ordinating is difficult at the best of times, but is even more so when a community fetishises both intellectual novelty and pedantry. This applies both at the object level and the meta-level. Objectively, people are constantly creating the most unhinged of hypotheses and the effort of discriminating between the odd-but-plausible and raving insanity is occupying far more of the EA cultural hivemind than is optimal. At the meta-level, EAs now spend more time discussing the social structure of EA and the design of its forum than they do actually improving the world. Look, you’re reading an article about it right now. Why? Do you really think reading this article is worth three minutes of your salary divided by $5000 of a life?
Most people who hate EAs spend their time making the exact same criticisms as EAs make of themselves except much more angrily, therefore getting more people to read it. This means that anti-EAs are co-ordinating with EAs better than EAs co-ordinate with themselves, and without the same overheads. It would greatly benefit the world if EAs as a community would stop pretending that everyone who likes cost-benefit analysis needs to hang out together and read the same stuff.
In this vein, I am proud to announce that our initial experiments in community-destruction within EA via several Sort by Controversial statements by senior figures has shown tremendous results. We anticipate more money being available for future work as everyone realises just how terrible other people are.