Sarah Cheng
Software developeratThe Centre for Effective Altruism
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Software developer for the EA Forum

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New forum feature: Map of Community Members

Given the limited real estate on mobile, I decided to hide the map and the "add me" button there. I figured the primary use case for mobile would be searching the list of users. Let me know if you have any specific mobile UX suggestions.

New forum feature: Map of Community Members

I recommend you add that in your bio, since the text search will match on both the map location and any text written in your bio. :)

EAG is over, but don't delete Swapcard

We are hiring software engineers to help build some of this on the EA Forum. :)

[Note: The rest are my personal thoughts - we're a small team that may not have the capacity to consider interns.]

I've mentored many interns, and in my experience, it takes a lot of my time to provide a valuable learning experience for them. Unfortunately I think it's easy for this to end up as a net negative in terms of productivity. I did enjoy the experience, so I think it would be fun to do again, but it's a bit hard to justify with our team of ~3 engineers.

I would be curious if you think there is something particularly valuable about interning at CEA, vs a tech company with experienced mentors. My guess is that the average student would get more out of the latter.

A couple ways I could imagine this working are:

  1. If someone were just interested in shadowing one of us for a day or two, to learn what it's like to work here
  2. If someone had a specific feature / project in mind, and required relatively little oversight or feedback from us - our codebase is public, so you could try contributing in small ways first before attempting to build something larger
EAG is over, but don't delete Swapcard

That's right, we are planning to adapt some Swapcard-like functionality to the EA Forum. We are still in the product exploration phase so no concrete roadmap, but it's likely we will focus on user profiles / search / matching rather than features such as friending or scheduling. Swapcard is more tailored to conferences specifically, so we will not be replacing that entirely any time soon.

Consider Not Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name

Yes, currently you can contact us and our team can hide your profile page from search engines. We are considering allowing users to do this themselves. However, there are ways to view profile info that are outside the profile itself, so we need to be careful about how we communicate this feature.

Is it possible to change user name?

Hi there - it looks like you were affected by our bug, but I think I was able to fix your account so that you can change your username now. If that doesn't work please contact us and we can update your username for you.

Consider Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name

Thanks for asking! It sounds like you were affected by our bug, so please contact us and we will update your username for you.

Consider Changing Your Forum Username to Your Real Name

Thanks for the post! We do encourage people to use their real names as their usernames.

Our current policy is that each user can change their own username once[1] - you can do this by going to the Edit Account page and updating your "Display Name".

After that, further changes to your username need to be done by moderators. Please contact us to ask to change your username. :)

  1. ^

    Unfortunately we had a bug that took this one chance away for many users. This should be fixed for new accounts going forward, but if you don't see this option in your Edit Account page, then please reach out to us and we will change your username for you.

EA Forum feature suggestion thread

LW have been working hard on this, and are still ironing out the bugs. When it's more production-ready, the EA Forum devs will figure out how we might want to enable it (ex. we might want some different functionality here).

If you're excited for collaborative editing, I recommend you beta test it on LW and give them lots of feedback! :) That will help improve both forums.

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