zdgroff comments on Announcing PriorityWiki: A Cause Prioritization Wiki - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: zdgroff 21 June 2018 02:15:55AM 2 points [-]

This is awesome. I suppose this is something anyone could fix, but I'm curious why it seems to deviate from the normal EA division of causes and has animal welfare as a subcause? Animal welfare already has a number of categories under it, and not all policy-related, so seems like maybe it should be its own category.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 21 June 2018 05:05:59AM 0 points [-]

Categorizing causes is very hard. I don't think this is this is the best attempt, and I agree that the section on nonhuman animal welfare in particular may span multiple categories. I'm still deciding how to best categorize things and may write more about this in the future. I'm definitely open to suggestions or edits.

Comment author: Chosh 22 June 2018 10:11:56PM 0 points [-]

The animal welfare section is currently fairly sparse. If it gets fleshed out (no pun intended) significantly more, I could see it belonging as a top level cause area. It already has content about equal to the Specific Research and Improving Research, Decisions and Values sections, though of course those can grow too!

Right now Improving Research, Decisions and Values seems like it could get broken up into different sections, between Policy and X-risk mainly, but Improving Policy is such a heterogeneous group that I'm a bit wary of adding more to it...