Welcome to the Effective Altruism Forum

Welcome, everybody!

I'm Ryan, the administrator of the Effective Altruism Forum.

If you're interested in improving the world, you’re in the right place. Here are some ways that you can use the Forum.

Learning about effective altruism

This site has an an introductory series with 18 posts from top effective altruist authors. 100+ articles have moved across from the older blog, and many more essays will be posted in the coming month. You can vote these articles up and down so that everyone can see the the best articles. What's more, recent posts from external effective altruist bloggers, including Carl Shulman and Scott Alexander are listed in the sidebar.


If you like to write, you're needed on the Effective Altruism Forum. For the first 30 days, I'll curate most of the content, so please send any writings to ry [dot] duff @gmail.com. There are a couple of exceptions - you can bypass me and post straight to the website if:

  • You've authored articles before on effective-altruism.com, or

  • You've earned 30 karma. (You get a karma point each time someone upvotes one of your comments.)

After 30 days, I'll curate less content, and the karma requirement will decrease to 10-20 to encourage users to submit more articles. However, note that karma requirements only apply to posting an article and won't stop you from posting comments or performing any other activities.

Open threads

In an open thread, you can present questions or half-finished ideas for group discussion. These are a good place to earn the karma that you will eventually need to post articles.


If you meet with others to talk about improving the world, then add your next meetup or notify its organisers to do so. If you don't have an upcoming meetup, then make one! In one week, I expect that we will have listed fifteen to twenty upcoming effective altruism meetups on the global meetup map.


I hope you have found a way to participate in the Effective Altruism Forum.

A note on moderation: I'll personally moderate spam, abuse, guilt-trips and socially or ecologically destructive advocacy, using some discretion. Largely, I expect to be able to stay out of users' way!

Lastly, I thank Mihai Badic and Trike Apps, both of who have donated dozens of hours to designing and building this forum, respectively.

I think the best way to respond to their generosity is to use the site to create an excellent community. Let's read, write, vote, post, meet up, discover new friends and introduce our old ones so that we can make this online community ever more awesome!

Ryan Carey


Comments (9)

Comment author: Aron_Vallinder 10 September 2014 12:22:54PM 7 points [-]

Fantastic work! The site looks very nice.

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 12 September 2014 07:31:57PM 5 points [-]

Hello, my name is Evan Gaensbauer. Some of you using this forum may already know me from Facebook, or the 2014 Effective Altruism Summit. I couldn't find an introductions thread, so I'm posting my introduction here. About me:

*I live in Vancouver, Canada, where I sometimes organize rationality, and effective altruism, meetups.

  • I'm a member of 80,000 Hours just beginning my career, and I expect I will end up earning to give. I know there are a lot of other options, but I can't identify a special set of skills that would place me among the top performers for another category, and I don't intend to become a researcher by going through graduate school within at least the next couple of years. However, I'm a generally competent student who could be trained in some career which can earn me enough money to donate a large portion of my income! If you know of another career you believe I should consider pursuing, please let me know!

  • I'm an alumnus of the July 2013 CFAR workshop.

  • As a member of 80,000 Hours, I've pledged to donate at least 10% of my lifetime pre-tax income to the most effective charity I can identify to the best of my ability. Personally, my goal is to aim for 30% of my lifetime income. Ideally, I would like to donate more, but as of writing this, my future earnings seem to uncertain for me to feel comfortable committing to a higher percentage.

  • As a direct result of effective altruism, I've previously $20 to the Schistoscomiasis Control Initiative, $15 to the Against Malaria Foundation, $50 to the CFAR, and $1000 in unrestricted donations to Givewell.

Comment author: [deleted] 12 September 2014 09:24:09PM 3 points [-]

I'd add to that and say I think an introductions thread would be awesome.

Comment author: GMcGowan 11 September 2014 11:41:28AM 4 points [-]

Thanks for making this Ryan, I love it already!

Comment author: Diego_Caleiro 24 September 2014 02:07:23AM 2 points [-]

Ryan, thanks, this looks great!

Which other EA websites are connected to this one so far? Which will be in the future?

Comment author: Michelle_Hutchinson 21 September 2014 07:49:09PM 2 points [-]

Thanks Ryan, great website. I particularly appreciate the high quality content you've gathered to get it started!

Comment author: Andrew 10 September 2014 10:46:10PM 2 points [-]

Thanks Ryan! this looks fantastic.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 10 September 2014 05:35:40PM 2 points [-]

Well done, Ryan!

Comment author: curiousepic 10 September 2014 04:23:32PM 2 points [-]

I like the landing page of http://effectivealtruism.org/ as a good introduction to EA. I think that either the content there should be mirrored as a post here in the EA forum, or more hooks/links to the EA forum should be added to that page.