Sarah Cheng

Software Engineer @ Centre for Effective Altruism
1123 karmaJoined Working (6-15 years)Cambridge, MA, USA



I'm a software engineer at the Centre for Effective Altruism. I mostly work on the EA Forum. If you'd like to support our work, sign up for a 30 min user interview with someone on our team. Hearing about your experience with the Forum helps us improve the site for everyone.

In general, we'd be happy to hear any feedback you have! :) Feel free to contact us or post in this suggestion thread. You can also give us anonymous feedback via this form.


Topic contributions

Really appreciate all the feedback and suggestions! This is definitely more votes than we expected. 😅

I implemented a hover-over based on @Agnes Stenlund's designs in this PR, though our deployment is currently blocked (by something unrelated), so I'm not sure how long it will take to make it to the live site.

I may not have time to make further changes to the poll results UI this week, but please keep the comments coming - if we decide to run another debate or poll event, then we will iterate on the UI and take your feedback into account.

Thanks for the suggestion Jason! @JP Addison says that he forum-gated it at the time because he wanted to “see how it went over, whether they endorsed it on reflection. They previously wouldn’t have liked users treating votes as a scarce resource.” LW seems happy with how it’s gone, so we’ll go ahead and remove the forum-gating.

New: floating audio player for posts

You can already listen to Forum posts via the audio player on the post page and via podcast feeds, thanks to Type III Audio. Recently, we enabled their new floating audio player. Now, the player becomes fixed to the bottom of the screen when you scroll down, making it easier to read along with the audio. In addition, you can click on the play buttons next to section headings to skip directly to them.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback! Do you prefer to read or listen to posts? How can we improve the listening experience? Feel free to respond here or contact us in other ways.

I talked to people involved in all sorts of cause areas and projects, and that combination of diversity, compassion, and moral seriousness is one of the best things about EA.

+1, I always leave these conferences filled with inspiration and gratitude 😊

it felt a bit odd to me that the LessOnline conference was held at exactly the same time as EAG

Yeah I was confused by this at first, but now I'm pretty sure this is a coincidence and there's a good chance the organizers just didn't think to check the dates of EAG.

what are the feedback mechanisms in the community to push back on this

I'm not sure I understand what "this" is referring to, but in general I think discussing things on the Forum is a reasonable way to provide feedback and push for change within EA. Stuff on the Forum does get around.

Appreciate the suggestion! Just wanted to mention that this already exists - users can add the "News relevant to effective altruism" topic to posts, and they can change how posts in this topic are weighted in their frontpage list.

New: “card view” for frontpage posts

We’re testing out a new “card view” for the main post list on the home page. You can toggle the layout by clicking the dropdown circled in red below. You can see more details in GitHub here.

Let us know what you think! :)

The virtual version of this event is just a zoom webinar; as far as I can tell, there is no open discussion available virtually. Attendees can propose questions to be asked by the moderator at the end of each talk. Sounds like the recordings of the presentations will be made available afterwards.

Mini EA Forum Update

You can now subscribe to be notified when posts are added to a sequence. You can see more details in GitHub here.

We’ve also made it a bit easier to create and edit sequences, including allowing users to delete sequences they’ve made.

I've been thinking a bit about how to improve sequences, so I'd be curious to hear:

  1. How you use them
  2. What you'd like to be able to do with them
  3. Any other thoughts/feedback

Just letting you know that you can now subscribe to be notified when posts are added to a sequence. Hope this is helpful, and let me know if you run into any issues!

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