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Linch comments on Semi-regular Open Thread #35 - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Linch 05 January 2017 11:57:56PM 2 points [-]

META: The EAForum is usually a vehicle for people to launch reasonably well-researched, interesting and informative articles that they've written, typically ones that are relevant to a decent proportion of the EA population.The comments are then used for subtle disagreements, criticisms, and clarifications.

However, some of the recent posts have been of the form "Hey what do you think of X?" or "Do people have links to Y?" or "Should we do Z", which seems more appropriate for reddit or a Facebook group. Ie, treating it like an actual forum rather than a metaphorical forum.

Do people think (like me) that the classical norms governing the EAForum makes more sense? Or should we allow it to organically develop (or encourage it to develop) into more a forum style communication, with short top-level posts and lots of back and forth?

I am hoping that having regular open threads will solve the problem,so that people who want indexable conversations can be satisfied and people who go to EAForum for the long posts will be happy as well.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 06 January 2017 03:42:33AM 1 point [-]

Agreed, my hope is that Open Threads will allow the "Hey what do you think of X?" or "Do people have links to Y?" or "Should we do Z" conversations to take place in a better location.

Comment author: nexech 28 February 2017 06:36:41PM 0 points [-]

I also think there is some demand for less-formal discussion here (such as in Open Threads, like you say) because of the current somewhat-low population at lesswrong.com.

I agree that a subreddit could fill this niche, however i am not aware of any currently existing subreddit for this.