Felicifia was a utilitarianism discussion forum active between late 2006 and the mid-2010s.

The forum hosted discussions, by contributors such as Toby Ord, Carl Shulman, and Brian Tomasik, about many ideas that would later become a core part of effective altruism, including earning to give, wild animal welfare, the timing of philanthropy, and others. Sam Bankman-Fried was a regular visitor in the early 2010s, and credits that forum for introducing him to the effective altruism community.[1]


Two versions of the Felicifia forum existed. The original version ("Old Felicifia") was created in late 2006 to early 2007 by Seth Baum, as a group blog/forum which superseded an earlier solo blog by Baum with the same name.[2] In 2008, a newer version was created ("New Felificia"), and Old Felicifia was abandoned shortly thereafter.[3]

Further reading

Francini, Louis (2020) Complete archive of the Felicifia forum, Effective Altruism Forum, May 30.

Felicifia. Complete archive of New Felicifia.

Old Felicifia. Incomplete archive of Old Felicifia.

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    Wiblin, Robert & Keiran Harris (2022) Sam Bankman-Fried on taking a high-risk approach to crypto and doing good, 80,000 Hours, April 14.

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    Baum, Seth (2006) New users start here, (Old) Felicifia, September 24.

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    Tomasik, Brian (2018) History of Old Felicifia, Old Felicifia, December 7.

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