Work

This page shows completed work that I have done. Most of the data is from Vipul Naik’s contract work portal. I have also included other tasks not part of contract work. There are other tasks that are not considered “complete” but which have significant work done on them; these are not included unless payment is processed for completing some portion of the overall work (e.g. ongoing development for the donations list website or adding rows to some timeline). I have also not included a lot of schoolwork and minor tasks.

For the “Notes” column, some of the rows are entered by Vipul and some by me, so the “voice” of writing will be different. The way to tell who wrote a particular row is to look at the “Payment” column: if the value there is 0, I wrote it, and if it is a positive number, Vipul wrote it. I realize this is not the best user experience, but I don’t really want to go back and rewrite all the notes for the contract work columns, so you will just have to live with it.

Source code for the script that prints this page is available.

Hovering over the Payment column will show a tooltip giving the payer.

Showing 225 tasks sorted by completion date. With JavaScript enabled, it is possible to sort by each column (unless the window is too narrow, in which case the table collapses into a “definition list” format for easier viewing).

Task receptacle Venue Completion date Payment Topic Format Notes
Org Watch Org Watch 2018-07-31 17.0 Organizational structures and dynamics Code and data A little bit of work adding more data for some already added orgs. Work begun end of July and continued in August; this payment is for the part of work till the end of July
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-07-31 146.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in July 2018 on [1] for more information.
Computing data project Computing data project 2018-07-29 408.0 Computer science Code and data Basic setup and initial data entry to do comparison across different cloud providers for compute, storage, and network. Payment for work done throughout the month. Check [2] for the dates that work was done
None None 2018-07-26 295.0 AI safety Prose Some research, reading, and writing related to AI safety and adjacent topics like decision theory
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-06-30 55.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in June 2018 on [1] for more information.
Org Watch Org Watch 2018-06-30 396.0 Organizational structures and dynamics Code and data Work on a new site: Org Watch [3] building on the same code and data format used for AI Watch [4] The idea of the new site is to expand coverage to organizations and positions outside AI safety. Work at a pay rate of $60 per 8-hour day, or $7.50/hour
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-05-31 78.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in May 2018 on [1] for more information.
AI Watch AI Watch 2018-05-29 100.0 Organizational structures and dynamics Code and data 2 days (total 16 hours: May 28 and May 29) of work to add more data and summarization tools for people at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute: [5]
Devec/Demography data portal Devec/Demography data portal 2018-05-28 36.0 Global development Code Helping Vipul set up devec hosting, and some bugfixes and improvements in the process. See [6] for more details
Org repo None 2018-05-27 30.0 Organizational structures and dynamics Prose Preliminary study of the growth trajectory of select organizations. This was an early precursor to Org Watch
Timeline of Center for Human-Compatible AI Timelines wiki 2018-05-10 30.0 AI safety Timeline Completed version at [7] (2018-05-11 00:35 UTC, 7179 bytes, 11 rows)
Timeline of OpenAI Timelines wiki 2018-05-08 100.0 AI safety Timeline Completed version at [8] (2018-05-08 23:02 UTC, 28771 bytes, 37 rows)
Progress report starting 2018-04-14 Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-05-03 400.0 Cause prioritization Prose 10 days of self-directed work on a taxonomy of cause prioritization. Work started 2018-04-14, ended 2018-05-03. Prior plan was included, and actual progress described, at [9]
Initial work on next round on cause prioritization work, subsequently aborted Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-05-03 33.0 Cause prioritization Prose Initial exploration/report generation to prepare for the next 10-day period of work on cause prioritization. However, after discussion Vipul determined that the time is not yet ripe for that next stage of work, so this was aborted. Payment was applied at $40/day
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-04-30 250.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in April 2018 on [1] for more information.
List of classifications of philanthropy Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-04-27 0.0 Philanthropy Table In the process of thinking about how to better classify cause areas on the wiki, I discovered several existing classifications of philanthropy, so I decided to make a list with some notes on each.
Wikipedia Clickstream Wikipedia Views 2018-04-25 70.0 Wikipedia Code Work done on April 21 and April 25, 2018. The work built on previous work with the clickstream dataset to streamline the monthly update process, now that the Wikimedia Foundation is publishing the datasets every month. See [10] for the issue specifics
Progress report 2018-03-08 to 2018-03-29 Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-04-14 400.0 Cause prioritization Prose 10 days of self-directed work on the Cause Prioritization Wiki, at $40/day. No prior plan was announced, but a summary and evaluation of work done is at the link. Work started 2018-03-08. Work other than the report completed 2018-03-29, report finished 2018-04-14
Summer recruitment plans None 2018-04-13 50.0 Contract work for Vipul Naik Prose Exploration of strategies to find people who might work with us over the summer. However, we ultimately decided not to pursue this further in 2018. Initially agreed on $50 for 8 hours of work; Issa ended up spending an extra half hour on it
Timelines wiki popularization Timelines wiki 2018-04-13 119.0 Timelines wiki Prose Brainstorming various ideas on improving content and engagement with Timelines Wiki. One of the outcomes of this was the creation of the Timelines Wiki subreddit [11] Timelines Wiki Reddit to which Issa has been posting regularly. Budget was for four days (32 hours) at $6.25/hour of which 19 were used; Issa has flexibility to spend, report, and get paid for the remaining 13 hours later
Holden Karnofsky Wikiquote 2018-04-06 0.0 Philanthropy Prose After writing the Wikiquote page for Wei Dai, I was in the mood to write another similar page, so I picked Holden Karnofsky (who I knew had some good quotes).
Wei Dai Wikiquote 2018-04-05 0.0 Rationality improvement Prose I spent a lot of time reading old LessWrong discussions in the course of writing some of my timelines and learning about decision theory, and realized there were enough good Wei Dai quotes for a page.
N/A None 2018-04-01 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-03-31 70.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in March 2018 on [1] for more information.
Timelines wiki hosting and maintenance and feature enhancement Timelines wiki 2018-03-20 320.0 Timeline content Code his includes hosting and maintenance costs of $20/month (total $240), plus payment for additional work, such as automating the main page table and making sure it is updated: [12]
Timeline of Future of Humanity Institute Timelines wiki 2018-03-18 300.0 AI safety Timeline Completed version at [13] (2018-03-18 18:48 UTC, 91994 bytes, 150 rows)
Timelines wiki main page Timelines wiki 2018-03-10 5.0 Maintenance Table Rerun of [12] script so Vipul can access updated numbers for pay to Sebastian
Cause Prioritization Wiki Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-03-07 450.0 Cause prioritization Prose 10 days of self-directed work on the Cause Prioritization Wiki, at $45/day. See [14] for the corresponding commits
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-02-28 350.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in February 2018 on [1] for more information.
List of discussions between Paul Christiano and Wei Dai Cause Prioritization Wiki 2018-02-28 0.0 AI safety Table As I’ve been reading more discussions of AI safety, I’ve been getting interested in the disagreements between Paul Christiano and Wei Dai, so I decided to make a list for easy reference. As of this writing, many of the “Topics covered” and “Summary” fields are not filled; I hope to fill these as I process the discussions. This page was created under general work on the Cause Prioritization Wiki (stipend plus $45 per 8 hours), for which pay will be entered separately.
Timeline of Machine Intelligence Research Institute Timelines wiki 2018-02-24 25.0 AI safety Timeline Payment for page as of [15] and specifically for the diff [16] (82,663 bytes to 89,249 bytes)
Timeline of Wei Dai publications Timelines wiki 2018-02-16 0.0 Rationality Timeline I’ve been getting interested in Wei Dai’s posts on LessWrong and other forums, so decided to make this timeline. Since the early everything-list posts were not easily accessible, I decided to host these through GitHub Pages. Vipul Naik allowed me to count this as work time for him, plus $35 per 8 hours of work on the timeline.
Timeline of Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Timelines wiki 2018-02-09 50.0 AI safety Timeline Completed version at [17] (2018-02-09 18:49 UTC, 10881 bytes, 19 rows)
Optimization daemons LessWrong Wiki 2018-02-08 0.0 AI safety Prose A short page about optimization daemons, since there didn’t seem to be a single page that linked out to all other discussions.
Donations list website Donations list website 2018-01-31 675.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in January 2018 on [1] for more information.
N/A None 2018-01-16 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
People repo People repo 2018-01-13 380.0 People Notes Third and fourth 4-day batches (at $50/day and $45/day) of writing up notes about different people we are interested in. See the commit [18] for background
Donations list website Donations list website 2017-12-30 260.0 Philanthropy Code and data Work on a bunch of issues related to importing grants databases for different donors into the donations list website. See comments made in December 2017 on [1] for more information.
People repo People repo 2017-12-29 400.0 People Notes First two 4-day batches (at $50/day) of writing up notes about different people we are interested in. See the commit [18] for background
Devec/Demography Data Portal Devec/Demography data portal 2017-12-14 165.0 Global development Code Work on setting up the interface of the Devec/Demography data portal, from 2017-12-08 to 2017-12-14. Launch of the portal is pending review by Vipul
Computing data project Computing data project 2017-12-09 250.0 Computer science Code Basic data entry and setup for a project to track computing prices over time. The project was paused for a while without producing a complete launchable product or website. Work was from 2017-11-18 to 2017-12-09
Devec/Demography Data Portal Devec/Demography data portal 2017-12-07 475.0 Global development Code Continued work on data porting to SQL; this extends the previously mentioned work ending 2017-10-30 of importing datasets and cleaning them up. This entry counts the part of the work after 2017-10-30 and till 2017-12-07
Backups None 2017-12-03 212.0 Wikipedia/Backup Code and data Payment for maintaining the process that does daily backups of Wikipedia content, at $4/week for 53 weeks
Timeline of evolutionary thought Timelines wiki 2017-12-02 25.0 Biology Timeline Completed version at [19] (2017-12-03 00:57 UTC, 4828 bytes, 20 rows)
Wikipedia spotlight Wikipedia spotlight 2017-11-30 700.0 Wikipedia Prose Still unpublished retrospective document of our experience with paid editing on Wikipedia. Payment is out of a total budget of $1000 for the project. It includes time spent from March to June, and two days in November. The November time alone is 15 hours; the previous time is not explicitly logged. The remaining work worth $300 is expected to take about six days
N/A None 2017-11-21 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Devec/Demography Data Portal Devec/Demography data portal 2017-11-17 40.0 Global development Code SQL query optimization work on 2017-11-16 and 2017-11-17 related to the Devec/Demography data portal
Devec subwiki Devec subwiki 2017-11-16 350.0 Global development Code Continuation of preliminary reading in development economics work; this covers the batch of reading from 2017-10-07 to 2017-11-16. A previous payment was added for work from 2017-09-06 to 2017-10-06
N/A None 2017-11-11 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Timeline of economic statistics Timelines wiki 2017-11-10 145.0 Economics Timeline Version as of pay at [20] (2017-11-11 00:46 UTC, 55767 bytes). About half the size as of this point was due to Issa, with the other half being from Vipul. Subsequent expansion was mostly by Vipul
AI Watch AI Watch 2017-11-07 150.0 AI safety Code and data Phase 1 of work on AI Watch, a site to better track the people and organizations working on AI safety. As of the time of finalizing pay, 309 people were entered. In addition to data entry, Issa also designed the database schema and wrote code to render data from the database in tables
Timeline of AI safety Timelines wiki 2017-10-31 170.0 AI safety Timeline Payment for page as of [21] (2017-10-31 16:46 UTC, 41090 byes, 83 rows)
Devec/Demography Data Portal Devec/Demography data portal 2017-10-30 700.0 Global development Code Code written for data processing and cleaning related to five datasets: [22] (Maddison Project), [23] (Penn World Table), [24] (World Development Indicators), [25] (Total Economy Database), [26] (FRED)
change-theme.js Personal website 2017-10-18 0.0 User experience Code Some of my friends (i.e. the only semi-regular readers of my website as far as I know) have picky aesthetic tastes when it comes to website design, and so do I. After some recent design changes to my site I received a complaint, so this script is a compromise to allow readers to change limited aspects of the design. The code as of this initial round of development is at [27] and some more information at [28] (though only about the text width part).
Timelines Wiki main page table automation Timelines wiki 2017-10-16 0.0 Miscellaneous Code Previously the main page table had been filled in manually by (mostly) me. This task allows for significantly faster data updates and more complete data.
N/A None 2017-10-09 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Contract work for Vipul Naik Contract work for Vipul Naik 2017-10-07 135.0 Graphical presentation Code Code written to generate graphs of incremental and cumulative payments by various drilldowns plotted at yearly and monthly granularity. See pull requests [29] [30] [31] or look at the commits made in [32] (a fork where the commits were made)
Devec subwiki Devec subwiki 2017-10-06 300.0 Global development Notes This is a stipend supplement. Preliminary reading on development economics as well as databases of economic growth and metrics. This would eventually help with data porting exercises and expanding [33] (the Devec subwiki)
Donations list website Donations list website 2017-09-30 200.0 Philanthropy/tabular presentation Code See commits from September 28 to September 30 by Issa Rice, specifically [34] for the full list. This included incorporating data from the Effective Altruism Survey (separate repository [35] with 12 commits) and Effective Altruism Grants (separate repository [36] with 6 commits)
Timeline of Cato Institute Timelines wiki 2017-08-31 135.0 United States politics/libertarianism/think tanks Timeline Payment for page as of [37] (2017-09-01 05:36 UTC, 34856 bytes, 81 rows)
Representativeness of events in timelines Timelines wiki 2017-08-30 0.0 Content creation Prose
Open Philanthropy Predictions PredictionBook 2017-08-29 74.0 Philanthropy Predictions Payment of $30 base and $44 for predictions, with $40 for two-way predictions and $4 for more complex predictions. See also the GitHub repository [38] for more background
Timeline of Ludwig von Mises Institute Timelines wiki 2017-08-25 75.0 United States politics/libertarianism/think tanks Timeline Payment for page as of [39] (2017-08-25 23:44 UTC, 13976 bytes, 29 rows)
Domain names in timelines Timelines wiki 2017-08-25 0.0 Content creation Prose
Timeline of Niskanen Center Timelines wiki 2017-08-16 115.0 United States politics/libertarianism/think tanks Timeline Payment for page as of [40] (2017-08-17 01:10 UTC)
mediawiki.vim GitHub 2017-08-13 0.0 Technology Code As I began writing a lot of Wikipedia pages, I started to want a good filetype plugin. Not being able to find one I liked, I wrote my own. Development began on 2016-08-17 and I slowly added features as needed.
Donations list website Donations list website 2017-08-12 325.0 Philanthropy/tabular presentation Code See commits by riceissa from 2017-08-04 to 2017-08-12. Work was for 6.5 working days, spanning 8.5 calendar days
Donation amounts by disclosures and year Donations list website 2017-08-12 75.0 Philanthropy/Open Philanthropy Project Table Schema design, data entry, and coding to render tables in the Donations list website for Open Philanthropy Project grant-related relationship disclosures data
Timeline of libertarianism in the United States Timelines wiki 2017-08-10 150.0 United States politics/libertarianism Timeline Payment for page as of [41] (2017-08-10 22:50 UTC, 24732 bytes, 89 rows)
Sebastian Sanchez contract work details None 2017-08-05 75.0 Global health Communication with worker Since no commission structure was used for Sebastian, but Issa did help with onboarding Sebastian and continues to provide technical assistance, a one-time payment of 15% on the first $500 was determined
Timeline of Bitcoin Timelines wiki 2017-08-03 180.0 Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin Timeline Completed version at [42] (2017-08-03 19:07 UTC, 58300 bytes, 118 rows)
Linting Vim Tips Wiki 2017-08-02 0.0 Technology Prose
Timeline of Center for Applied Rationality Timelines wiki 2017-07-28 50.0 Rationality improvement Timeline Payment for page as of [43] (2017-07-28 19:27 UTC). See the “What the timeline is still missing” section for further plans for the timeline
Donee deduplication, donor similarity, notes column expansion Donations list website 2017-07-22 300.0 Graphs and data cleaning Code See the branches [44] [45] and [46] for the relevant commits. Some commits done directly in master. Worked for about 5.5 working days (starting July 15, 2017)
Timeline of Machine Intelligence Research Institute Timelines wiki 2017-07-15 250.0 AI safety Timeline Payment for page as of [47] (2017-07-15 19:39 UTC), 74,234 bytes. See the External links section for shares of the page on Facebook and LessWrong. Subsequent expansion by Vipul not included in pay, except to the extent it involving consulting with Issa. Plans for future expansion of timeline that would complete TODOs; when this expansion occurs it will be entered as a Wiki page update in the pay
Michael Vassar Wikiquote 2017-07-14 0.0 Rationality improvement Prose I kept hearing people talk about Michael Vassar, and was frustrated that there was no canonical place to look at quotes about him.
Graph legend Wikipedia Views 2017-07-07 40.0 Graphs Code Update to graph.py utility at [48] to show legends optionally at the bottom of graphs. Also incorporated by Vipul Naik in the code in two other repositories: [49] and [50] – see also [51] for a bug fix to the push
Comma sorting Donations list website 2017-06-18 40.0 Donations Code Fixed sorting tool we use in JavaScript so that it can sort tables while also using comma separation for greater ease of reading numbers. The commits were all made in [52] and [53] was the last commit
N/A None 2017-06-17 20.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Timeline of electricity adoption Timelines wiki 2017-06-08 125.0 Infrastructure/electricity Timeline Payment for page as of [54] (2017-06-09 05:41 UTC, 20303 bytes). Pay does not cover all reading/research work that led up to the timeline; compensation for that is covered in the stipend and also in pay for future expansion of the article that incorporates all the extra knowledge acquired
Timeline of Carl Shulman publications Timelines wiki 2017-06-05 0.0 Rationality improvement Timeline Vipul Naik gave me the idea and provided funding through a stipend but no specific task payment
Unused keys Vim Tips Wiki 2017-05-29 0.0 Technology Table I got frustrated at being unable to quickly tell whether a key was safe to map in Vim.
Timeline of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Timelines wiki 2017-05-11 120.0 Philanthropy/foundations/global health Timeline Payment for page as of [55] (2017-05-11 19:21 UTC). Includes 78 references, has data 2011 onward, and no big picture
Timeline of Against Malaria Foundation Timelines wiki 2017-04-27 155.0 Global health/malaria/philanthropy/GiveWell top charities Timeline Payment for page as of [56] (2017-04-28 03:02 UTC). Includes timeline with 128 references, big picture, and evolution of cost-per-life-saved estimates (imported from Wikipedia, where Issa and Vipul worked on the table)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Donations list website 2017-04-23 230.0 Foundation grants Code and data Processed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants from IATI at [57] to generate data for insertion in donations database. Code available at [58] – run the commands there and then pass the generated SQL to the donations database
LessWrong analytics (February 2009 to January 2017) LessWrong 2017-04-16 80.0 Web analytics Prose Full Gist available at [59] includes data, source code, and post markdown
N/A None 2017-04-12 10.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Open Philanthropy Project non-grant funding Personal website 2017-04-02 0.0 Philanthropy/Open Philanthropy Project Prose Decided on a whim to collect data
Timeline of TempleOS Timelines wiki 2017-03-24 0.0 Technology Timeline I have been fascinated by Terry A. Davis since discovering him on /g/. I wrote the timeline after getting frustrated at being unable to keep his life story straight in my head.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation Donations list website 2017-03-22 60.0 Foundation grants Code and data Processed Arnold Foundation grants to generate data for insertion in donations database. Code available at [60] and insertion code can be pasted from [60] in MySQL
hits-based giving project None 2017-03-22 570.0 Philanthropy/history of philanthropy Notes Initial work for a project announced by Peter Hurford at [61] after some modification and discussion with Peter. Due to data availability constraints, the project could not be completed, so the pay is for 38 hours of initial work at $15/hour
Timelines wiki Timelines wiki 2017-03-20 200.0 Timeline content Timeline Migrated a bunch of timelines from Wikipedia to the new Timelines wiki
Understanding different editing patterns on Wikipedia None 2017-03-11 100.0 Wikipedia Private communication + code Added functionality to wikidossier to compare multiple users and do multiple namespaces for a single user. The interface is not yet public. However, you can visit [62] for the underlying code. The last commit covered by this pay is [63] (2017-03-11)
Timeline of Reddit Wikipedia 2017-03-03 29.0 Technology/company Timeline Significant updates to and revamp/cleanup of timeline. Diff URL: [64] taking page from 21,870 bytes to 36,244 bytes. Note that baseline 10 dollars was not included as expansion was not completed prior to shutdown of contract work
Understanding different editing patterns on Wikipedia None 2017-03-03 200.0 Wikipedia Code Research produced profiles of different kinds of Wikipedia editors, and an interface to generate a report on the trajectory of Wikipedia editor. The interface is not yet public. However, you can visit [62] for the underlying code
Timeline of GitHub Wikipedia 2017-03-01 100.0 Technology/company Timeline Significant updates to and revamp/cleanup of timeline. Diff URL: [65] taking page from 10,400 bytes to 58,682 bytes
Unlicense Wikipedia 2017-02-28 0.0 Technology Prose I think I decided on a whim to create the page. Personally I prefer CC0 as a public domain license.
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2017-02-26 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table February end grants update: 13 grants to Open Phil, 9 grants to Good Ventures; 21 distinct grants, so pay = 50
ICWATCH Wikipedia 2017-02-26 0.0 Technology Prose I discovered ICWATCH while adding events to Timeline of LinkedIn [68] , specifically from a TechCrunch article [69]
fugitive.vim Wikipedia 2017-02-25 0.0 Technology Prose
Timeline of LinkedIn Wikipedia 2017-02-22 38.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [70] taking page from 20,318 bytes to 34,900 bytes
Timeline of Instagram Wikipedia 2017-02-22 22.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [71] taking page from 19,714 bytes to 25,821 bytes
Timeline of Airbnb Wikipedia 2017-02-21 23.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [72] taking page from 36,871 bytes to 43,777 bytes
Timeline of Twitter Wikipedia 2017-02-21 28.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [73] taking page from 52,761 bytes to 62,029 bytes
Timeline of Pinterest Wikipedia 2017-02-20 30.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [74] taking page from 38,396 bytes to 48,468 bytes
Timeline of Facebook Wikipedia 2017-02-18 25.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [75] taking page from 118,897 bytes to 126,146 bytes
Timeline of Snapchat Wikipedia 2017-02-17 28.0 Technology/company Timeline Periodic updates to timeline; added events since last updates to timeline and also filled and improved some old events. Diff URL: [76] taking page from 48,021 bytes to 57,473 bytes
Laura and John Arnold Foundation Wikipedia 2017-02-11 220.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table Based on GitHub repository [60] and originally attempted to save on the main page [77] but reverted by Jytdog, see [78] so saved a search engine-indexable version in userspace
Form 990 Wikipedia 2017-02-10 3.0 United States taxation/Philanthropy/Nonprofit evaluation Prose Added launch of Form 990 Decoder by Charity Navigator
New article pool Contract work for Vipul Naik 2017-02-10 50.0 Contract work/worker management Prose Added list of Open Phil grantees. The payment also takes into account past pull requests. See [79] for a list
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Wikipedia 2017-02-09 37.0 Biosecurity Prose There was an existing page for “UPMC Center for Health Security” (the previous name for the org) but the page was entirely rewritten and significantly expanded, so is being treated as a new page creation
Global Burden of Disease Study Wikipedia 2017-02-07 75.0 Global health Prose There was an existing confused page called “Global burden of disease” but this was essentially rewritten from scratch
Iodine Global Network Wikipedia 2017-02-07 14.0 Global health/nutrition/iodine Prose Moved from old location (for old name, International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders) to new one, and added new GiveWell reviews and recommendations
N/A None 2017-02-04 20.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2017-01-29 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table January end grants update: 6 grants to Open Phil, 13 grants to Good Ventures, so pay = 50
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Wikipedia 2017-01-28 14.0 Global health Prose Added reception section and some minor reference fixes
Timeline of global health Wikipedia 2017-01-26 20.0 Global health Timeline Fixed 11 dead links and added three new events (first two cholera pandemics, typhus epidemic)
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Wikipedia 2017-01-25 7.0 Global health Prose Page improvements including clarifying history of name changes and adding references
PHP/MySQL: Fixing utf8 text corrupted by implicit mysqli::set_charset(latin1) connection Wikipedia Views 2017-01-25 20.0 Character encoding issues Communication with Vipul Investigated character encoding issue, discovered relevant Stack Overflow question
N/A None 2017-01-19 20.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Essay contest: general considerations for evaluating small-scale giving opportunities ($300 for winning submission) Effective Altruism Forum 2017-01-19 50.0 Effective altruism/contest/small-scale giving Prose Announced contest organized by Peter Hurford, Vipul Naik, and Issa Rice. Remaining $50 pay to be given after first serious submission
Donations list website Donations list website 2017-01-08 155.0 Effective altruism/donation history Structured data Designed SQL tables and provided initial set of rows to insert
Timeline of digital preservation Wikipedia 2017-01-04 90.0 Digital preservation Timeline There is still more to port over from [80] and additional payment will be added when the porting is complete
Researcher profiles None 2016-12-31 70.0 Research strategy Prose Officially stopped project 2017-01-01 but part paid by Vipul was finished by 2016-12-31
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-12-28 40.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table December end grants update: 7 grants to Open Phil, 0 grants to Good Ventures, so pay = 5 * ( 1 + 7) = 40
Wikipedia usage survey results LessWrong 2016-12-24 55.0 Wikipedia Prose with tables Reviewed changes by Vipul, fixed a lot of rendering issues, and provided frank feedback on post
N/A None 2016-12-12 320.0 Miscellaneous Email Total payment for reaching out to people with relevant questions, suggestions, and comments
Optimize Your Amazon S3 Costs wikiHow 2016-12-03 170.0 Amazon Web Services Graphs and code Investigated comparison of different cost plans by Amazon and when each one is optimal
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-11-30 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table November end grants update: 4 grants to Open Phil (plus some manual work), 8 grants to Good Ventures, but 9 or more distinct grants, so pay ≥ 5 * 9 + 5, and also pay ≤ 50, so 50
GiveWell,GiveWell top charities (various pages) Wikipedia 2016-11-30 100.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell/top charities Prose with tables
Timeline of Wikimedia analytics Wikimedia meta 2016-11-30 10.0 Wikipedia Timeline Timeline events on starting dates for availability of search metrics
Citewebgen GitHub 2016-11-30 0.0 Technology Code As I began writing a lot of Wikipedia pages, I wanted a quick way to cite web pages. Not being satisfied with existing scripts, I wrote my own.
Backups None 2016-11-28 100.0 Wikipedia/Backup Code and data Setup for periodic backup of all important Wikipedia content for easy recoverability
Help pages Wikipedia Views 2016-11-21 25.0 Wikipedia Code and data List of help pages in all language Wikipedias
Special pages Wikipedia Views 2016-11-20 40.0 Wikipedia Code and data List of special pages in all language Wikipedias
distrib.py Wikipedia Views 2016-11-19 40.0 Wikipedia Code Code to show bar or line plot for distribution of Wikipedia pageviews
N/A None 2016-11-15 80.0 United States migration/Survey research Code and data Investigation into correlation between estimates of foreign-born and unauthorized population and state-level values of the population
Wikipedia Clickstream Wikipedia Views 2016-11-04 130.0 Wikipedia Code Processing of Wikipedia clickstream data set for use in Wikipedia Views. Successfully integrated in Wikipedia Views 2016-11-25
Working with long lines Vim Tips Wiki 2016-11-04 0.0 Technology Prose
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-10-27 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table October end grants update: max 50; 18 grants to Open Phil, 11 grants to Good Ventures
Hiroshi Nakajima Wikipedia 2016-10-20 35.0 Global health/influential people Prose The project was motivated by a Facebook post by Howie Lempel
Scientific Charity Movement Wikipedia 2016-10-14 20.0 Philanthropy/philosophy Prose Cleaned up and improved the page
graph.py [81], [48] Wikipedia Views 2016-10-13 80.0 Graphing Code Add graphing capabilities to Wikipedia Views
Initiative on Global Markets Wikipedia 2016-10-05 30.0 Economics Prose
Tag entries in different languages Wikipedia Views 2016-10-04 150.0 Wikipedia Views Code and data Wrote code to translate tags en masse to new languages. Code still exists, plan is now to incorporate into Wikipedia Views itself to avoid need to run separate code
Revisiting the great decline in Wikipedia pageviews LessWrong 2016-10-03 925.0 Wikipedia Prose with tables and charts and code Started on it at ~$100/day pay, slowed down, then we realized a lot more toolkit improvements are needed before we can push out the post
GiveWell staff growth Personal website 2016-10-01 10.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell/evaluation Prose with tables Updated page to reflect separation of GiveWell and Open Phil staff listings
Google Surveys Wikipedia 2016-09-30 32.0 Survey tools Prose with diagram Expanded page, added references, explained and clarified model with diagram
Wikipedia tag page list translation None 2016-09-30 150.0 Wikipedia Code and data Code to translate pages in bulk from one language to another, executed for various language pairs and lists. The completion date is approximate. The payment was finalized on November 8 2017, and will be included with the 2017 tax year
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-09-29 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table September end grants update: max 50; 8 grants to Open Phil, 12 grants to Good Ventures
Form 1040 Wikipedia 2016-09-17 20.0 United States taxation Prose Payment for part of a planned series of edits that was not fully completed (total promised pay was $40; the partial edits are at [82] and [83] (latter finishes on September 17, 2016)
GAVI Alliance Wikipedia 2016-09-06 15.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table
French Development Agency Wikipedia 2016-09-05 10.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table We decided not to publish as there was too little meaningful data
World Bank Wikipedia 2016-09-04 30.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table
United Nations Development Programme Wikipedia 2016-09-04 30.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table
Department for International Development Wikipedia 2016-09-03 30.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Wikipedia 2016-09-02 5.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table IATI Gates Round 3: Clarifications
Hewlett Foundation Wikipedia 2016-09-02 40.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Wikipedia 2016-09-01 40.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table IATI Gates Round 2
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-08-31 55.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table August end grants update: 45 for 8 new grants and 10 for one-time extra work to deal with format changes
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Wikipedia 2016-08-29 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants/IATI Table IATI Gates Round 1
Model for estimating the value of a Wikipedia page None 2016-08-29 40.0 Wikipedia/Contract work Code Initial work piloted on a small subset of timelines, gives an estimate of the total money due based on attributes of the timeline
Giving Games analysis None 2016-08-24 200.0 Giving Games Prose After some initial work ending August 24, 2016, the project was put on indefinite pause. Payment has been finalized on December 2, 2017 because the project has languished for long enough. This payment will be included with the 2017 tax filing
June 2016 GiveWell board meeting Effective Altruism Forum 2016-08-17 100.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell/evaluation Prose/transcript
Privacy Impact Assessment Wikipedia 2016-08-07 5.0 Government bureaucracy jargon Prose
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-07-29 45.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table July end grants update: 6 new grants + 2 delayed grants
Priority-setting in global health Wikipedia 2016-07-27 155.0 Health systems/Global health Prose
Against Malaria Foundation Wikipedia 2016-07-16 10.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell top charities Prose Some tweaks/updates to AMF page based on corrections noted in email from Rob Mather. Not completed fully, so payment is based on work done. See [84] for diff
Wikipedia usage survey results LessWrong 2016-07-14 110.0 Wikipedia Prose with tables Finished writing up findings from survey conducted in late May
Professional consensus of economics Wikipedia 2016-07-10 67.0 Economics Prose
GiveWell mid-year review None 2016-07-09 100.0 Philanthropy/nonprofit evaluation Prose Although the last revision was on July 9, 2016, the payment finalization was done December 8, 2017, so for tax purposes this payment will be included with the 2017 tax filing. Severance fee of $100 determined as a compromise; original intended task payment was $300
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-07-01 27.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table June end grants update
Resolving issues with the IRS Personal website 2016-07-01 100.0 United States taxation/personal experience Prose/Autobiography
Disease Control Priorities Project Wikipedia 2016-06-25 20.0 Global health Prose Significant page restructuring, more info on specific reports
GiveWell finances and other stuff review [85], [86] Personal website 2016-06-25 100.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell/evaluation Prose, tables, and charts
Against Malaria Foundation, GiveDirectly, and other GiveWell top charities [87], [88], others Wikipedia 2016-06-24 55.0 Philanthropy/GiveWell/top charities Prose 25 each for AMF and GiveDirectly, 5 for others
Health systems strengthening Wikipedia 2016-06-17 43.0 Health systems/Global health Prose
Amanda Glassman Wikipedia 2016-06-08 32.0 Global health/influential people Prose
International Decision Support Initiative Wikipedia 2016-06-07 39.0 Global health/organizations Prose
Triplebyte Wikipedia 2016-06-04 31.0 Technology/company Prose 25 for initial work in January. 6 for later work in June and publication. Later deleted through AfD, userspace version survives
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-06-04 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table May end grants update
Wikipedia usage survey LessWrong 2016-05-31 70.0 Wikipedia Survey Design of survey, buying responses, and preliminary analysis
Voices of the Poor Wikipedia 2016-05-18 39.0 Poverty studies Prose
Participatory poverty assessment Wikipedia 2016-05-17 63.0 Poverty studies Prose
Child survival revolution Wikipedia 2016-05-11 101.0 Global health/trends Prose
Innovative Vector Control Consortium Wikipedia 2016-05-04 35.0 Global health/organizations Prose
The State of the World's Children Wikipedia 2016-05-04 30.0 Global health/events Prose
3 by 5 Initiative Wikipedia 2016-05-02 30.0 Global health/organizations Prose
Timeline of nonprofit evaluation Wikipedia 2016-04-30 105.0 Philanthropy/Nonprofit evaluation Timeline
Open Philanthropy Project,Good Ventures [66], [67] Wikipedia 2016-04-30 50.0 Philanthropy/Grants Table April end grants update
Timeline of mental health Wikipedia 2016-04-26 10.0 Global health/diseases/mental health Timeline Initial research into timeline of mental health; scrapped on seeing an existing timeline of psychiatry
Timeline of deworming Wikipedia 2016-04-24 115.0 Global health/diseases Timeline
N/A None 2016-04-16 25.0 N/A N/A
Timeline of global health Wikipedia 2016-04-14 190.0 Global health Timeline 170 for work + 20 completion bonus
Disease Control Priorities Project Wikipedia 2016-04-13 6.0 Global health Prose Add years
Open Philanthropy Project Wikipedia 2016-03-22 100.0 Philanthropy/Foundations Prose
Animal Charity Evaluators Wikipedia 2016-03-18 20.0 Animal welfare/nonprofit evaluation/Animal Charity Evaluators Communication with Vipul Retrieved deleted page from admin and userfied it
Form I-140 Wikipedia 2016-03-04 168.0 United States migration Prose 150 for original, 18 for miscellaneous improvements
Form 990 Wikipedia 2016-02-03 100.0 United States taxation/Philanthropy/Nonprofit evaluation Prose
pageviewQueries.inc Wikipedia Views 2016-01-31 80.0 API integration Code Add ability to query Wikimedia API for pageviews
Form W-2 Wikipedia 2016-01-28 100.0 United States taxation Prose
Form 1096 Wikipedia 2016-01-25 25.0 United States taxation Prose
Form W-9 Wikipedia 2016-01-23 50.0 United States taxation Prose
Form 1099-MISC Wikipedia 2016-01-21 100.0 United States taxation Prose
N/A None 2016-01-18 150.0 United States taxation Communication with Vipul Investigated Form 1099 filing requirements. It later turned out that Form 1099 is not required since Vipul is not operating as an organization.
Form 1099 Wikipedia 2016-01-11 50.0 United States taxation Prose
Green Card Test Wikipedia 2016-01-05 25.0 United States taxation/United States migration Prose
Form 1040 Wikipedia 2015-12-31 400.0 United States taxation Prose Although mostly completed by 2015-12-31, the article was published to main space on 2016-01-01. Payment, however, is considered to be for the 2015 tax year.
Nonidentity problem Wikipedia 2015-12-18 0.0 Population ethics Prose
Quantcast data tabulation None 2015-11-22 50.0 Web analytics/Quantcast Spreadsheet Tabulated a bunch of data related to website Quantcast data. Some of this was later used in wikiHow articles by Vipul such as [89]
Criticism of effective altruism Effective Altruism Wiki 2015-11-20 0.0 Philanthropy Prose I did not create the page but began adding criticisms I encountered. Unfortunately the wiki seems to be gone.
An overview of Y Combinator's non-profit program Effective Altruism Forum 2015-11-07 250.0 Philanthropy/nonprofit evaluation/effective altruism Prose
Person-affecting view Wikipedia 2015-10-24 0.0 Population ethics Prose
Timeline of online dating services Wikipedia 2015-10-20 0.0 Technology Prose Originally created on the Cause Prioritization Wiki as Timeline of technology-assisted dating services [90] but later moved to Wikipedia
Archive Websites on Unix Like Systems wikiHow 2015-09-22 300.0 Digital preservation Prose/How-to
Deleted pages of gwern.net Personal website 2015-09-17 0.0 Digital preservation Prose I wanted to conveniently see gwern’s deleted pages in compiled form.
N/A None 2015-08-08 37.0 No record Communication with Vipul
N/A None 2015-08-08 20.0 Spam filtering Communication with Vipul Helped Vipul set up spam filters for Google Analytics accounts
N/A None 2015-08-05 42.0 No record Communication with Vipul
Using Reddit Cognito Mentoring Information Wiki 2015-07-30 0.0 Technology Prose Vipul Naik provided me with an account on the wiki. I don’t remember the details of how the idea for creating the page came about. I don’t believe I was paid.
N/A None 2015-04-19 98.0 No record No record
A Plus (aplus.com) Wikipedia 2015-04-05 20.0 Media company Prose First Wikipedia article experience. Originally intended to create article, but it got created while this was in draft, so merged work in.
N/A None 2015-03-30 100.0 Schooling/education Communication with Vipul Consulting on student notes websites
Cause Prioritization Wiki Cause Prioritization Wiki 2014-11-28 0.0 Philanthropy Prose Vipul Naik convinced me to create the website. The Git repository [91] has its initial commit on this day, and the domain was registered on this day [92]
効果的利他主義 Wikipedia 2014-10-13 0.0 Philanthropy Prose A partial translation of the English effective altruism page [93]