Sarah Cheng

Software developer @ The Centre for Effective Altruism
Working (6-15 years of experience)
708Cambridge, MA, USAJoined Oct 2018



I'm a software engineer at the Centre for Effective Altruism. I mostly work on the EA Forum.

We'd be happy to hear any feedback you have on the forum - feel free to contact us or post in this suggestion thread.


Topic Contributions

Yeah I was wondering if this was what the question asker was getting at. Thank you for clearly explaining it.

You're right that this doesn't exist. My instinct is that this doesn't provide enough value to be worth the cost of the extra UX complication and the slight deanonymizing affect on voting. I'd be curious to hear how this kind of feature would be helpful for you.

Yeah, the forum relies a lot on hover effects, which don't work very well on mobile. To avoid that in this case seems like it would overcomplicate the UI though, so I'm not sure what an improved UX would look like. I'll add this to our backlog for triage.

Hovering over the karma score displays how many votes there are. Does that address your request, or is there something missing?

Thanks for flagging that we had a bug affecting voting! It should be fixed now, please let me know if you see any more related issues.

I appreciate the suggestions! I agree we should make this info easier to find - added these to our list for triage.

I think I'm confused by where the "additional suffering" is coming from. If dying via being caught is approximately as painful as dying via other common means, then is this argument based on the premise that the fish will lead net negative lives?

Thanks for sharing this - I found it informative! :)

Fisheries subsidy reform would probably cause more fish to be brought into existence and more fish to suffer highly painful deaths by being caught in fisheries. This additional suffering would likely outweigh any benefits from fewer fish being caught in the short-term.

Just to clarify, are you saying that a fish dying via being caught in a fishery is more painful than other ways that it's likely to die? If so, can you expand on why that is?

People interested in global health & development and this post might be interested in applying to the Program Operations Assistant, Global Health & Wellbeing role at Open Philanthropy, and EA-aligned research and grantmaking foundation.

This is a test by the EA Forum Team to gauge interest in job ads relevant to posts -  give us feedback here.

Thanks for the feedback! This is one of multiple job-related tests we're running on the forum, to see if we can find something impactful to build. We did try out your suggestion in the form of the Who's hiring? (May-September 2022) thread, and we're still analyzing the results. The difference here, as Lorenzo pointed out, is that we could potentially capture people who are not actively looking for a job but would consider applying if they were made aware of relevant opportunities.

We're testing this via comments because it's a cheap MVP - no coding necessary! :) But if we were to build out a feature it would likely be separate from the comments section, and come with an option to hide it.

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