Peter McIntyre

Founder @ Non-trivial
507 karmaJoined Working (6-15 years)London, UK


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Thanks for saying! Let me know if you invent a time machine – I've got some ideas

It's great to see more funding for meta initiatives, so thank you for your work on the MCF!

and we will welcome similar applications as the last round, especially "giving multipliers" that help grow the pie of effective donations.

Could you say more about your circle's reasons for focusing on giving multipliers? I'd be especially curious about why you might focus on donations instead of multiplying other resources like human capital.

(Maybe answered in the first question) What is the object-level cause prioritisation of circle funders?

Thanks! I'm the author of most of the concepts on Conceptually, and also the founder of Non-trivial. I'll send you an email. :)

I think I'd find them helpful, though it's hard to say for sure. As one data point, I'm currently at an extremely basic level of learning javascript, and I find Codecademy's quizzes useful (as well as the project-based learning, which might be cool to replicate for EA but would take a lot of work).

FWIW the quizzes are by far our most popular feature amongst users I'm doing interviews with.

Re: making them optional. It's possible this would be better, but if a user wants to skip a quiz they can very quickly give a dummy answer, which is an ok user experience so I'm not prioritising looking into it.

One way I'm worried we're getting things wrong is getting the question difficulty right for more users. I think the early lessons might have questions that are too easy, and later lessons don't build enough on each other, so there's no scaffolding. I think we'll prioritise working on that soon. Another feature I'm hoping to build is more quiz interaction types (from cloze and drag-and-drop on the faster end to build to open text grading on the more difficult end).

I really like this framing and we'll update it to something like this soon. Thanks!

Thanks, Viha – that's very kind of you to say. Reach out if you have any thoughts on how we could improve the course :)

The reason why we ask for sign in is that it allows the user to track their progress through the course, one of our user's favourite features. Learning about EA can at be an overwhelming sea of links, and we wanted to give users a clearer way to track their progress through it.

The other reason is that it's on our backlog to consider, but didn't get to it in time for launch.

I'd be curious too. We haven't had enough traffic to A/b test anything yet 😅

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