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Milan_Griffes comments on Upcoming drug policy reform conferences - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Milan_Griffes 03 October 2017 01:22:58AM 2 points [-]

Minor thing: it'd be helpful if people who downvoted commented with their reason why.

Comment author: ClaireZabel 03 October 2017 08:14:28PM 8 points [-]

Personally, I downvoted because I guessed that the post was likely to be of interest to sufficiently few people that it felt somewhat spammy. If I imagine everyone posting with that level of selectivity I would guess the Forum would become a worse place, so it's the type of behavior I think should probably be discouraged.

I'm not very confident about that, though.

Comment author: MichaelPlant 04 October 2017 11:39:06AM 1 point [-]

As a reply, I feel like uncharitably downvoting things because you don't think it matches the interests of large numbers of forums users is the sort of behaviour that should probably be discouraged.

Unless you think the poster is being insincere, I think it's unhelpful and unfriendly to downvote what they say and thus discourage them. It contributes to the feeling EA is an unwelcoming place. If we only talk about causes people already find plausible then we will never improve the causes we work on, and it will drive away people interested in other causes.

I agree that posting about conferences is maybe not very exciting, but it's not obvious this should be posted somewhere else. Facebook would be the alternative, but that not ideal for reasons not worth discussing here.

I upvoted the original post for balance.

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 03 October 2017 03:10:49AM *  3 points [-]

Presumably it's because they thought that either this sort of drug policy reform, or, more likely, they don't think an announcement for conferences exclusive to what is still only a minor cause in the effective altruism community justifies its own post on the EA Forum.

Based on our investigation so far, US drug policy reform appears to be an impactful and tractable cause area.

Some users might just not visit the Forum often enough to have heard of Enthea's work before, so you could edit the post and add some hyperlinks to your other posts on the EA Forum so everyone will know the context of this post.

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 03 October 2017 03:42:11PM *  1 point [-]

Thanks, that makes sense.

Re: impact, I added a link to our cost-effectiveness research.

Re: tractability – we have good reason to think that a ballot initiative would be tractable, but unfortunately we can't share the details publicly due to our arrangement with a partner.