tobytrem

Content Manager @ CEA
2206 karmaJoined Jan 2020Working (0-5 years)Oxford, UK

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Hello! I'm Toby. I'm Content Manager at CEA. I work with Lizka and the Online Team to make sure the Forum is a great place to discuss doing the most good we can. You'll see me posting a lot, authoring the EA Newsletter and curating Forum Digests, making moderator comments and decisions, and more. 

Before working at CEA, I studied Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and worked for a couple of years on a range of writing and editing projects within the EA space. Recently I helped run the Amplify Creative Grants program, to encourage more impactful podcasting and YouTube projects. You can find a bit of my own creative output on my blog, and my podcast feed.

How I can help others

Reach out to me if you're worried about your first post, want to double check Forum norms, or are confused or curious about anything relating to the EA Forum.

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Hi Emmanuel! You can just comment the contents of this post in there :)

Draft guidelines for new topic tags (feedback welcome)



Topics (AKA wiki pages[1] or tags[2]) are used to organise Forum posts into useful groupings. They can be used to give readers context on a debate that happens only intermittently (see Time of Perils), collect news and events which might interest people in a certain region (see Greater New York City Area), collect the posts by an organisation, or, perhaps most importantly, collect all the posts on a particular subject (see Prediction Markets). 

Any user can submit and begin using a topic. They can do this most easily by clicking “Add topic” on the topic line at the top of any post. However, before being permanently added to our list of topics, all topics are vetted by the Forum facilitation team. This quick take outlines some requirements and suggestions for new topics to make this more transparent. Similar, more polished, advice will soon be available on the 'add topic' page. Please give feedback if you disagree with any of these requirements

When you add a new topic, ensure that:

  1. The topic, or a very similar topic, does not already exist. If a very similar topic already exists, consider adding detail to that topic wiki page rather than creating a new topic. 
  2. You have used your topic to tag at least three posts by different authors (not including yourself). You will have to do this after creating the topic. The topic must describe a central theme in each post. If you cannot yet tag three relevant posts, the Forum probably doesn’t need this topic yet. 
  3. You’ve added at least a couple of sentences to define the term and explain how the topic tag should be used. 
     

Not fulfilling these requirements is the most likely cause of a topic rejection. In particular, many topics are written with the aim of establishing a new term or idea, rather than collecting terms and ideas which already exist on the Forum. Other examples of rejected topics include:

  • Topic pages created for an individual. In certain cases, we permit these tags, for example, if the person is associated with a philosophy or set of ideas that is often discussed (see Peter Singer) and which can be clearly picked out by their name. However, in most cases, we don’t want tags for individuals because there would be far too many, and posts about individuals can generally be found through search without using tags.
  • Topics which are applicable to posts on the EA Forum, but which aren’t used by Forum users. For example, many posts could technically be described as “Risk Management”. However, EA forum users use other terms to refer to risk management content.
  1. ^

    Technically there can be a wiki page without a topic tag, i.e. a wiki page that cannot be applied to a post. However we don’t really use these, so in practice the terms are interchangeable.

  2. ^

    This term is used more informally. It is easier to say “I’m tagging this post” than “I’m topic-ing this post”

Hey Sarah/Ariel, welcome to the Forum!
Based on your interests, you might be perfect for this program.
Hope you enjoy hanging out here- let me know if you have any questions about EA, or using the Forum.
Cheers,
Toby (content manager for the EA Forum)
 

Thanks for joining Sebastian! Your AISF project sounds really interesting, and I'm sure people would love to see it on the Forum some day :)
- Toby (Content Manager for the EA Forum)

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That's interesting! I was thinking there was a chance it did, because in a write-up about a similar public consultation on live animal transport, Defra used a lot of "X% of people thought Y" framings in their analysis (more details). It depends whether they count duplicated responses when they do this. 

Welcome Emmanuel! You might want to post on this thread to introduce yourself, and/or ask any questions you have,
Toby (Content Manager for the EA Forum)

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