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Kerry_Vaughan comments on The Best of EA in 2016: Nomination Thread - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:29:25PM 0 points [-]

I'll start things off by putting some of the content I really liked as replies to this post.

Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:37:35PM 9 points [-]

GiveWell's post on why they recommend SCI even though deworming might have close to zero impact.

I thought this was a really good look at how GiveWell things about expected value with respect to their top charities and helps rebut the claim that EAs are mostly concerned with high certainty charity donations.

Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:31:16PM 2 points [-]

Rob Wiblin's post on how much voting matters

The post updated me massively in the direction of voting being extremely important. Plus, if he's right about how much voting matters, the impact of the post is likely to be pretty massive.

Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:42:01PM 0 points [-]

Concerns with Intentional Insight

This might not be the best post to share with more casual EAs, but it was extremely well researched and raised an issue that needed to be addressed.

Comment author: MichaelDickens  (EA Profile) 09 November 2016 03:25:43AM 4 points [-]

This is the sort of post I was talking about in my other comment--fun to read and easy to agree with, and therefore popular, but not particularly important.

Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:48:12PM 1 point [-]

Will's opening talk from EA Global

Lots of good content here although I'm particularly fond of his discussion of Cause X

Comment author: Kerry_Vaughan 08 November 2016 05:38:37PM -2 points [-]

GiveWell's classic April Fools joke

This post was controversial, but I laughed long and hard and really enjoyed seeing a more human side from them.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 09 November 2016 09:15:30AM 5 points [-]

A big purpose of awards is to send a signal about what kind of work will get recognized. If we give awards to joke posts, expect more joke posts.

I actually think the best use of awards is to recognize posts that are not the kind of content that spreads virally. Pageviews already serve as an ego boost for most authors. We should reward serious boring posts, in the same way the Nobel Prize is given out for serious boring research.

Comment author: michaelchen 10 November 2016 02:16:16AM 0 points [-]

The link "View test writeup" seems broken. It brings me to a login page rather than the actual joke post. Did they take it down?