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I've made a database of AI safety/governance surveys & survey ideas. I'll copy the "READ ME" page below. Let me know if you'd like access to the database, if you'd suggest I make a more public version, or if you'd like to suggest things be added. 

"This spreadsheet lists surveys & ideas for surveys that are very relevant to AI safety/governance, including surveys which are in progress, ideas for surveys, and published surveys. The intention is to make it easier for people to:


1. Find out about outputs or works-in-progress they might want to read (perhaps contacting the authors)
2. Find out about projects/ideas they might want to lead, collaborate on, or provide input to
3. Find out about projects/ideas that might fill a gap the person was otherwise considering trying to fill (i.e., reduce duplication of work)

I (Michael Aird) made this spreadsheet quite quickly. For now I’m only sharing it with people at Rethink Priorities, people at GovAI, and a couple members of the EA community who I’ve spoken to and who are potentially interested in doing survey work.

I expect this spreadsheet misses many relevant things and that its structure/content could be improved (e.g., maybe it should be a Doc or an Airtable? Maybe some columns should be added/removed?). It might also make sense to have one version that’s more private and another that’s more public.

Please feel free to leave comments/suggestions about anything and to suggest I share this with particular people.

If you’d like access to a link shown in this spreadsheet that you don’t have access to, let me know."

Perhaps some of the related entries should be removed - I erred on the side of adding anything that came to mind as plausibly worth including, with the idea that someone else could cut things later.

[Something weird happened with my internet and this got posted multiple times, sorry]

My original proposal was:

"Survey or Surveys

For posts that: 

  1. discuss results from surveys,
  2. promote surveys, and/or
  3. discussing pros and cons and best practices for using surveys in general and maybe for specific EA-relevant areas (e.g., how much can we learn about technology timelines from surveys on that topic? how best can we collect and interpret that info?).

I care more about the first and third of those things, but it seems like in practice the tag would be used for the second. I guess we could discourage that, but it doesn't seem important.

"Survey" seems more appropriate for the first and second of those things, while "Surveys" seems more appropriate for the third."

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[Something weird happened with my internet and this got posted multiple times, sorry]

My original proposal was:

"Survey or Surveys

For posts that: 

  1. discuss results from surveys,
  2. promote surveys, and/or
  3. discussing pros and cons and best practices for using surveys in general and maybe for specific EA-relevant areas (e.g., how much can we learn about technology timelines from surveys on that topic? how best can we collect and interpret that info?).

I care more about the first and third of those things, but it seems like in practice the tag would be used for the second. I guess we could discourage that, but it doesn't seem important.

"Survey" seems more appropriate for the first and second of those things, while "Surveys" seems more appropriate for the third."

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My original proposal was:

"Survey or Surveys

For posts that: 

  1. discuss results from surveys,
  2. promote surveys, and/or
  3. discussing pros and cons and best practices for using surveys in general and maybe for specific EA-relevant areas (e.g., how much can we learn about technology timelines from surveys on that topic? how best can we collect and interpret that info?).

I care more about the first and third of those things, but it seems like in practice the tag would be used for the second. I guess we could discourage that, but it doesn't seem important.

"Survey" seems more appropriate for the first and second of those things, while "Surveys" seems more appropriate for the third."

I've now tentatively decided to remove "promote surveys" (meaning things like announcing a survey is open and asking people to take it) from the scope. I think it's fine to include posts that promote surveys if (a) that's basically the only Forum post about a given survey and it includes a link to further discussion or (b) the post that promotes the survey also discusses some results, pros, cons, or best practices. But otherwise there's little value in people looking at the post later, and hence little value in tagging it.

Before deciding this, I'd already tagged some posts that I'd no longer endorse tagging, so if you spot any such instances feel free to untag them.