Sarah Cheng

Software Engineer @ Centre for Effective Altruism
1084 karmaJoined Working (6-15 years)Cambridge, MA, USA

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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.

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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!

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!

Ah I see, glad to hear it! Yeah dismissing the popup in one tab doesn't cause the others to refresh or pull the updated data.

My apologies for the inconvenience, and thanks for flagging this! Unfortunately I'm unable to reproduce the issue. Could you provide some more details, such as what browsers/devices you see this on? Does it persist when you refresh? Are you only seeing this when logged in, or have you encountered this while logged out?

Users can directly edit wiki pages once they have gotten to 10 karma by using the site. I don't believe this list is actively maintained - you can see in the edit history that the last addition was in 2022.

Mini EA Forum Update

You can now subscribe to be notified every time a user comments (thanks to the LessWrong team for building the functionality!), and we’ve updated the design of the notification option menus. You can see more details in GitHub here.

Mini EA Forum Update

We’ve updated our new user onboarding flow! You can see more details in GitHub here.

In addition to making it way prettier, we’re trying out adding some optional steps, including:

  1. You can select topics you’re interested in, to make your frontpage more relevant to you.
    1. You can also click the “Customize feed” button on the frontpage - see details here.
  2. You can choose some authors to subscribe to. You will be notified when an author you are subscribed to publishes a post.
    1. You can also subscribe from any user’s profile page.
  3. You’re prompted to fill in some profile information to give other users context on who you are.
    1. You can also edit your profile here.

I hope that these additional optional steps help new users get more out of the Forum. We will continue to iterate on this flow based on usage and feedback - feel free to reply to this quick take with your thoughts!

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