Perhaps you can be the person who makes/distributes those resources - if someone follows in your footsteps and is able to make better decisions because of you, you will have generated lots of Utility points 

So this is just my subjective opinion, but because they are less professionalised, more studenty, they feel more relaxed. Even after the event itself (i.e. at after-parties) if the vibe is less professional, you will feel that in the atmosphere, and the way people behave

I am sceptical about this, I think understanding the formula of EAG and EAGx helps contextualise and solve most of the issues in the post. 

There's currently 8 EAGx in the next 7 months, and probably many more in the pipework. EAGx events are designed to have a more inclusive bar to entry. It should be noted, that they not exactly small events. We are aiming for 1000 people in EAGxNordics in April next year. EAGx are also, notoriously, "weirder".  

With that in mind, I am not sure how less events, which are less targeted, but bigger  would be an advantage. But I have to admit, the quickest way to resolve this would be to try and run an event for 10,000 people, and collect feedback 

it's updating me to think about what spots I'm taking by attending. 

I have had concerns about this, and seen similar concerns among others even applying to our national retreat. An easy solution would be to add a box on the application form "I want to come, but don't want to crowd out somebody else" - or perhaps better wording! These people are accepted last, after all other people hitting the-bar-for-entry are accepted. 


Do you (I mean this in a general sense for anyone to answer) have any suggestions for how to do outreach to those not deep in the EA radar so we can make it more of an 'open' conference?

Could be worthwhile reaching out to Santeri from EA Finland about this, since he's running a hackathon for 100's of persons. As I understand, have nice website and graphics, but all the work is done in person conversations/flyering at the uni , until eventually you build enough of a reputation over the years that it just spreads by word of mouth (Do things that don't scale)

On this last point, I think this is likely what we are starting to see with EAGx's - I think EAGxBerlin is gonna be pretty huge 

But then of course there is the question of what's keeping EAG organizers from making them twice the size. They will have a better insight here!

I suspect/my understanding is, it's just a slow feedback loop. You have to book a venue before you know how many people will apply, and if that venue has a capacity (i.e.  there literally wouldn't be enough space, or health and safety issues) you can't accept more than that. 

With that said, I would be very surprised if EAG-SF (Which IIRC had around 1700 accepted, with 200 no shows) rejected more than 30% of US based applicants. And those rejections would likely no be capacity related, by more due to not hitting the bar of acceptance. So the limiting factor could be demand

Curious to know what kind of services a publisher provides, in this case I imagine the PR team and outreach is not being spearheaded (or paid for by the publisher)? Can someone steel man for me? 

Thanks for sharing - I've found the cold take series thought provoking so perhaps I'll give these a read

Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't neccessarily see St Petersberg Paradox as being the same as Pascals mugging. The latter is a criticism of speculation, and the former is more of an intuitive critique against expected value theory 

Yet when those of us in EA ask the authors of such op-eds what should be done differently, they tend not to have satisfactory answers to the question.

Strong agreement here - I've noticed a common trend where someone claims to have drastically different values from x person, but when asked how would they behave differently to solve y problem, they basically don't suggest an intervention that would be different from what x person is doing.

Nowadays, I am on the lookout for narcissism of small differences

I'll suggest putting more time and effort into proposing solutions too as a starting point.

This seems like a good rule of thumb 

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