Nathan Young

Co-Founder of the CoronavirusTechHandbook.com

Interested in Improving Institutional Decision Making.

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Nathan Young's Shortform

I would choose your statement over the current one.

I think the sentiment lands pretty well even with a very toned down statement. The movement is called "effective altruism". I think often in groups are worried that outgroups will not get their core differences when generally that's all outgroups know about them.

I don't think that anyone who visits that website won't think that effectiveness isn't a core feature. And I don't think we need to be patronising (as EAs are charactured as being in conversations I have) in order to make known something that everyone already knows.

Nathan Young's Shortform

I strongly dislike the following sentence on effectivealtruism.org:

"Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on."

It reads to me as arrogant, and epitomises the worst caracatures my friends do of EAs. Read it in a snarky voice (such as one might if they struggled with the movement and were looking to do research) "Rather that just doing what feels right..."

I suggest it gets changed to one of the following:

  • "We use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on."
  • "It's great when anyone does a kind action no matter how small or effective. We have found value in using evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on."

I am genuinely sure whoever wrote it meant well, so thank you for your hard work.

Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk

The article is positive, easy to understand and communicates EA ideas well. It is high reputation (the economist is well respected) and comes with easy to understand examples (volcanoes and solar storms). This is good.

Economist: "What's the worst that could happen". A positive, sharable but vague article on Existential Risk

The article seemed overly concerned on the risk of solar storms. There are many higher priority issues it could have focused on.

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

I think we should upvote features we'd like and let the tech team decide what is possible to implement.

It might be hard, it might not.

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

I think EA wikis have been tried in the past.

For what it's worth I think rather than storing information you want to store connections and allow for easy error checking. I suggest this is the non-obvious value of wikipedia.

In that regard I think a roam board would be better than a wiki.

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

It has taken me a long time to find the EA online events calendar (thanks @EdoArad) could this be displayed more prominently

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ie5uop71imftf4ut2htbv789v8@group.calendar.google.com

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

Sure but you could reduce the friction on that. And ideally make it more trackable.

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

For what it's worth I think you want this to have the minimal friction but that maybe suggestions are hidden as standard.

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