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Full name: Issa Rice

Recruiter: Vipul Naik

Wikipedia handle: Riceissa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riceissa

Website: http://issarice.com

EA Forum user profile: http://effective-altruism.com/user/riceissa/

Note: The arrangement with Issa is much more complicated because, in addition to creating content on Wikipedia, he does background research, helps with managing editors, etc. However, notably he is not paid for pageviews on Wikipedia pages he writes.

For in-depth stats see https://contractwork.vipulnaik.com/worker.php?worker=Issa+Rice

Table of Contents

Impact

Pageviews

Wikipedia Views links for tracking total pageviews of pages created:

Anecdotal

  • Howie Lempel (who works for the Open Philanthropy Project) was impressed with the page on the Open Philanthropy Project. He said that in some ways, the page does a better job of conveying what the Open Philanthropy Project has accomplished so far than the website (with the caveat that both the Wikipedia page and the website only includes publicly available information, and therefore both are limited in accuracy and comprehensiveness).
  • Scott Weathers liked the page on the timeline of global health
  • Amy Zhang's high school teacher shared the timeline of global health with a UW professor. The timeline of global health was initially created by Issa and later improved upon by Amy.
  • People at one of the orgs whose page Issa created offered to buy him drinks if he ever visited their location (note that they did not inappropriately influence the content of the page, beyond pointing to existing references and correcting errors backed by verifiable citations).

Work and other compensation in 2018

Summary

Total money earned by doing work (taxable as income for 2018): $14775

Payment made: $18000

Carryover payment due from 2017: $11048.41

Net payment due: $7823.41

Completed pages for Vipul (Timelines Wiki)

Total so far: $375

Completed pages for Alex Flint (Timelines Wiki)

Total so far: $300

Updates to existing pages (Timelines Wiki)

Total so far: $25

Work on Cause Prioritization Wiki

Total so far: $1283

  • Work on Cause Prioritization Wiki (first installment): $450 at $45/day for 10 days, ending March 7, 2018.
  • Work on Cause Prioritization Wiki (second installment): $400 at $40/day for 10 days, from March 8, 2018 to April 14, 2018 (ending March 29, 2018 excluding report preparation). Progress report at https://causeprioritization.org/Progress_report_2018-03-08_to_2018-03-29
  • Work on Cause Prioritization Wiki (third installment): $400 at $40/day for 10 days, from April 14, 2018 to May 3, 2018. Progress report at https://causeprioritization.org/Progress_report_starting_2018-04-14
  • Work on Cause Prioritization Wiki (aborted fourth installment) $33 at $40/day for 6 hours 35 minutes of work on May 3, 2018. The original thinking was that this would lead to another 10-day block, but Vipul decided against investing in that 10-day block right now.

Work on people watching

Total so far: $380

  • People watching: $380 for two 4-day periods at $50/day and $45/day, ending January 13, 2018.

Work on Donations List Website

Total so far: $1904

  • Work on Donations List Website in January: $675 (79 hours 20 minutes)
  • Work on Donations List Website in February: $350 (41 hours)
  • Work on Donations List Website in March: $70 (8 hours 12 minutes)
  • Work on Donations List Website in April: $250 (29 hours 43 minutes)
  • Work on Donations List Website in May: $78 (9 hours 8 minutes)
  • Work on Donations List Website in June: $55 (6 hours 27 minutes)
  • Work on Donations List Website in July: $146 (17 hours 11 minutes at $8.50/hour)
  • Donations List Website: tutorial and request for feedback: $65 (7 hours 38 minutes at $8.50/hour). Work done between August 18 and August 24. The post itself was published on August 21, but time spent includes time replying to comments
  • Work on Donations List Website in August (excluding EA Forum post): $215 (25 hours 18 minutes at $8.50/hour). Date range of work in month: August 5 to August 30

Work on Org Watch

Total so far: $413

  • Work on Org Watch in June: $396 (52 hours 48 minutes at $7.50/hour)
  • Work on Org Watch in July: $17 (2 hours 17 minutes at $7.50/hour)

Work on AI Watch

Total so far: $100

NOTE: This does not include AI Watch tasks that are performed during hours covered under the stipend, but are not directly paid for.

Work on Devec/Demography data portal

Total so far: $36

Work on computing data project

Total so far: $417

  • Work on computing data project in July: $408 (41 hours 53 minutes at $9.75/hour)
  • Work on computing data project in August: $9 (1 hour 12 minutes at $7.50/hour). Work done on August 27

Work on AI safety matched against other projects

Total so far: $404

  • Work in July to match against CDP work in July: $295 (30 hours 14 minutes at $9.75/hour)
  • Work in August to match against CDP work in July: $109 (11 hours 10 minutes at $9.75/hour). Work done August 2 to August 3
As of August end, 29 minutes of matched time is left at July rates ($9.75/hour). In addition, there is 1 hour 12 minutes of time left at August rates ($7.50/hour).

Work on org repo (predecessor to Org Watch)

Total so far: $30

  • Org repo: $30 (5 hours 8 minutes of work, completed May 27)

Work on Wikipedia Views

Total so far: $70

  • Wikipedia Clickstream: $70. Worked for 7 hours, 54 minutes, on April 21 and April 25. 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 https://github.com/vipulnaik/wikipediaviews/issues/21 for the issue specifics

Other work on timelines wiki

Total so far: $444

  • Timelines main page update at request: $5. Done March 10, 2018.
  • One year of timelines wiki maintenance: $320. This 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: https://github.com/riceissa/timelines-wiki-main-page-table
  • Timelines wiki popularization thinking: $119. Completed April 13, 2018. This is 19 hours of work 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 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

Other work

Total so far: $50

  • Work on summer recruitment plans: $50. Completed April 13, 2018. This is 8.5 hours of work. This was an 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

Stipends

Total so far: $8518

  • January: $1500
  • February: $1500. Worked 161.6 hours against total work hours of 160; accumulated 1.6 hours to adjust against a future month.
  • March: $1500. Worked 184 hours against total work hours of 184.
  • April: $1500. Worked 160.78 hours against total work hours of 160.
  • May: $540. Worked 63.9 hours against total work hours of 184. Applied 2.38 hours from the past, giving 66.28 hours.
  • June: $659. Worked 77.28 against total work hours of 176, so pay scaled from original of $1500.
  • July: $791. Worked 97.07 hours against total work hours of 184, so pay scaled from original of $1500.
  • August: $528. Worked 59.82 hours against total work hours of 136, so pay scaled from original of $1200.

Royalties

Total so far: $6

  • April 1, 2018: $6. Payment of $1 for every $1,000 in deferred payment receipt above a $12,000 base. Since the check was for $18,000, that translated to $6 (for the $6,000 above the base $12,000)

Touch payments

Total so far: $20

  • January: $10
  • February: $10

TODO

At next pay (August 25, 2018):

  • Subwiki one day of work (learning.subwiki): $70 announced. As of end of August, 2.93 hours have been spent on strategy
  • URL navigation wikiHow article: Rate of $7.50/hour, current budget of 22 hours. As of end of August, a little over 8 hours were worked on from August 23 to August 30
  • Update pay for timeline of BERI updates/expansion
  • Updates to timeline of MIRI, CFAR, and AI safety

Payments made

Total so far: $18000

  • Check for $18000: Dated April 1, 2018, mailed April 2, 2018. Received April 5, 2018. Deposited April 9, 2018. Last release of money planned for April 18, 2018.

Work and other compensation in 2017

Summary

Total money earned by doing work (taxable as income for 2017): $36765.10

Payment made: $31000

Carryover payment due from 2016: $5283.31

Net payment due: $11048.41

Completed pages (on Wikipedia)

Total so far: $202

  • Timeline of digital preservation: $90. Completed January 4, 2017.
  • Global Burden of Disease Study: $75. Completed February 7, 2017.
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: $37. Completed February 9, 2017.

Completed pages (on timelines wiki)

Total so far: $1695

Tasks for Peter Hurford

Total so far: $645

Royalties

Total so far: $41

  • Cause Prioritization Wiki (January 1, 2016 to February 10, 2017): $41

Open Phil and Good Ventures Wikipedia page grant list updates

For each month, the payment is calculated according to:

max{$27, min{$50, 5 * (1 + N)}}

Here, N is supposed to represent number of new distinct grants. This is calculated as follows: at the end of each month, take the union of "all grants newly announced to the public by Open Phil during that month" and "all grants newly announced to the public by Good Ventures during that month". Then N is the number of grants in this set. Note that because Open Phil and Good Ventures do not immediately add grants to their databases as soon as they are made, the grants newly announced to the public during a month likely differ from the grants made during the same month.

Total so far: $100

  • January end update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $50 (for adding 6 new grants to Open Phil and 13 new grants to Good Ventures). Completed January 29, 2017.
  • February end update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $50 (for adding 13 new grants to Open Phil and 9 new grants to Good Ventures). Completed February February 26, 2017.

Technology company timeline updates

A series of updates starting in the latter half of February 2017.

Total so far: $323

  • Timeline of Snapchat: $28. Completed February 17, 2017.
  • Timeline of Facebook: $25. Completed February 18, 2017.
  • Timeline of Pinterest: $30. Completed February 20, 2017.
  • Timeline of Airbnb: $23. Completed February 21, 2017.
  • Timeline of Twitter: $28. Completed February 21, 2017.
  • Timeline of LinkedIn: $38. Completed February 22, 2017.
  • Timeline of Instagram: $22. Completed February 22, 2017.
  • Timeline of GitHub: $100. Completed March 1, 2017.
  • Timeline of Reddit: $29. Completed March 3, 2017.

Other tasks

Total so far: $7064

Stipends

Total so far: $27014

  • January: $250
  • February: $250
  • March: $1500
  • January (deferred, realized on March 24) : $1200. More than usual $750 because of full month spent doing global health work.
  • February (deferred, realized on March 24): $1150. More than usual $750 since most of the month was spent working with Vipul.
  • Deferred stipends from 2016 awarded in 2017: $9360
  • April: $1500
  • May: $1304 (adjusted downward since Issa took the last week of May (Monday May 29 to Wednesday May 31) off)
  • June: $1500
  • July: $1500
  • August: $1500
  • September : $1500
  • October: $1500
  • November: $1500
  • December: $1500

Touch payments

Total so far: $100

  • January total: $20
  • February total: $20
  • April total: $10
  • June total: $20
  • October total: $10
  • November total: $20

Commissions

Total so far: $31.10

  • Joey Malandra: 10% on $73 = $7.30
  • Charlie Corner: 15% on $50 = $7.50
  • Devansh Dwivedy: 10% on $28 = $2.80
  • Thomas Foster: 10% on $25 = $2.50
  • Avi Glozman: 10% on $110 = $11

Payments made

Total so far: $31000

  • Check for $4000: Sent October 1, 2016. Deposited January 3, 2017, money withdrawn from account January 4, 2017.
  • Check for $12000: Sent March 25, 2017. Received April 10, 2017. Deposited April 15, 2017, money withdrawn from account April 17, 2017.
  • Check for $15000: Sent September 27, 2017. Received September 30, 2017. Deposited October 2, 2017, third installment of money to be deposited October 12, 2017.

Work and other compensation in 2016

Summary

Total money earned by doing work (taxable as income for 2016): $10266.55

Reimbursement due (not taxable as income for 2016): $401.03

Payment made: $6382

Carryover pending payment from 2015: $997.73

Net payment due: $5283.31

Completed pages

Total so far: $1823

  • Green Card Test: $25. Published January 5, 2016.
  • Triplebyte: $25 for initial work, $6 for additional later work and publication: $31. Initial work in January 2016, publication later in the year on June 4. Deleted but still in userspace.
  • Form 1099: $50. Published January 11, 2016.
  • Form 1099-MISC: $100. Published January 21, 2016.
  • Form W-9: $50. Published January 23, 2016.
  • Form 1096: $25. Published January 25, 2016.
  • Form W-2: $100. Published January 28, 2016.
  • Form 990: $100. Published February 3, 2016.
  • Form I-140: $150, plus $18 for other miscellaneous improvements. Published March 4, 2016.
  • Open Philanthropy Project: $100. Published March 22, 2016.
  • Timeline of global health: $170 + $20 completion bonus. Published April 14, 2016.
  • Timeline of deworming: $115. Published April 24, 2016.
  • Timeline of nonprofit evaluation: $105. Published April 30, 2016.
  • 3 by 5 Initiative: $30. Published May 2, 2016.
  • Innovative Vector Control Consortium: $35. Published May 4, 2016.
  • The State of the World's Children: $30. Published May 4, 2016.
  • Child survival revolution: $101. Published May 11, 2016.
  • Participatory poverty assessment: $63. Published May 17, 2016.
  • Voices of the Poor: $39. Published May 18, 2016.
  • International Decision Support Initiative: $39. Published June 7, 2016.
  • Amanda Glassman: $32. Published June 8, 2016.
  • Health systems strengthening: $43. Published June 17, 2016.
  • Professional consensus of economics: $67. Published July 10, 2016.
  • Priority-setting in global health: $155. Published July 27, 2016.
  • Initiative on Global Markets: $30. Published October 5, 2016.
Form 1040, though published on January 1, 2016 is counted in 2015 since the bulk of the work for it was carried out in 2015.

Open Phil and Good Ventures Wikipedia page grant list updates

For each month, the payment is calculated according to:

max{$27, min{$50, 5 * (1 + N)}}

Here, N is supposed to represent number of new distinct grants. This is calculated as follows: at the end of each month, take the union of "all grants newly announced to the public by Open Phil during that month" and "all grants newly announced to the public by Good Ventures during that month". Then N is the number of grants in this set. Note that because Open Phil and Good Ventures do not immediately add grants to their databases as soon as they are made, the grants newly announced to the public during a month likely differ from the grants made during the same month.

Total so far: $417

  • Monthly update of Open Phil and Good Ventures grant lists (end of April): $50. Completed April 30, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and Good Ventures grant lists (end of May): $50. Completed June 4, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and Good Ventures lists (end of June): $27. Completed July 1, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and Good Ventures lists (end of July): $45 (6 new grants + 2 delayed grants). Completed July 29, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and Good Ventures lists (end of August): $55 ($45 for adding 8 new grants in total, and $10 for one-time extra work to deal with changes in the format). Completed August 31, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $50 (for adding 8 new grants to Open Phil and 12 new grants to Good Ventures). Completed September 29, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $50 (for adding 18 new grants to Open Phil and 11 new grants to Good Ventures). Completed October 27, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $50 (for adding 4 new grants to Open Phil (plus data wrangling) and 8 new grants to Good Ventures, for a total of 9 or more distinct grants). Completed November 30, 2016.
  • Monthly update of Open Phil and GV grants database: $40 (for adding 7 new grants to Open Phil). Completed December 28, 2016.

IATI grants tables

Total so far: $250

  • Addition of grants made table to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation English Wikipedia page: $50. Completed August 29, 2016.
  • More addition of grants data to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation English Wikipedia page: $40. Completed September 1, 2016.
  • Clarifications to grants data for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation English Wikipedia page: $5. Completed September 2, 2016.
  • Grants data added for the Hewlett Foundation Wikipedia page: $40. Completed September 2, 2016.
  • Grants data added for the Department for International Development page: $30. Completed September 3, 2016.
  • Grants table added for the World Bank: $30. Completed September 4, 2016.
  • Grants table added for the United Nations Development Programme: $30. Completed September 4, 2016.
  • Some investigation into the French Development Agency IATI grants; we ultimately decided not to publish anything: $10. Completed September 5, 2016.
  • Grants table added for the GAVI Alliance: $15. Completed September 6, 2016.

Other payments, including improvements to existing pages and non-Wikipedia content creation work

Total so far: $2993

  • US tax investigation for compliance requirements for contract workers: $150. Completed January 18, 2016.
  • stats.grok.se Wikimedia API fix: $80. Completed January 31, 2016.
  • Retrieval of Animal Charity Evaluators: $20. Completed March 18, 2016.
  • Adding years to DCP page: $6. Completed April 13, 2016.
  • Other misc pay for consulting etc.: $25. Completed April 16, 2016.
  • Wasted effort on timeline of mental health, after discovering that a similar page on timeline of psychiatry exists: $10. Completed April 26, 2016.
  • Disease Control Priorities Project reference cleanup, page restructuring, more info on specific reports: $20. Completed May 25, 2016.
  • Wikipedia usage survey construction and associated research: $70. Completed May 31, 2016.
  • Sprucing up of GiveWell top charity pages: $55 ($25 each for AMF and GiveDirectly, another $5 for other general cleanup). Completed June 24, 2016.
  • Work on review of GiveWell's finances and expenses: $100 (work still ongoing). Completed June 25, 2016.
  • Tax issues resolution: $100 (final submission not done yet but this will be the total pay). Completed July 1, 2016.
  • Wikipedia usage survey writeup: $110. Completed July 14, 2016.
  • Some improvements to the Against Malaria Foundation Wikipedia page: $10. Completed July 16, 2016.
  • Privacy Impact Assessment cleanup: $5. Completed August 7, 2016.
  • GiveWell board meeting EA Forum article (http://effective-altruism.com/ea/10l/june_2016_givewell_board_meeting/): $100. Completed August 17, 2016.
  • Creation of a model for computing the total value of a Wikipedia pageview. Ongoing work. Payment of $40 for work done as of August 29, 2016.
  • Some improvements to the Form 1040 Wikipedia page: Completed September 17, 2016.
  • Sprucing up of Google Consumer Surveys: $32. Completed September 30, 2016.
  • Improving GiveWell staff growth page to now separately cover Open Phil and GiveWell staff: $10. Completed October 1, 2016.
  • Adding plotting code and correlation matrix logic for Wikipedia Views: $80. Completed October 13, 2016. Working code available at https://gist.github.com/riceissa/8726e6a90d4a7634f3dd79cc1fdb63d5
  • Restructuring and cleanup of Scientific Charity Movement page: $20. Completed October 14, 2016.
  • Cleanup and expansion of Hiroshi Nakajima page: $35. Completed October 20, 2016.
  • Wikipedia clickstream dataset work: $130. Completed November 4, 2016.
  • Investigation into correlation between estimates of foreign-born and unauthorized population and state-level values of the populations: $80. Completed November 15, 2016.
  • Adding bar and line chart generation code for pageview distribution for Wikipedia Views: $40. Completed November 19, 2016. Successfully integrated into Wikipedia Views on the same date.
  • Getting list of special pages in all language Wikipedias: $40. Completed November 20, 2016.
  • Getting list of help pages in all language Wikipedias: $25. Completed November 21, 2016.
  • Automatic Wikipedia backup download: $100. Completed November 28, 2016.
  • Updates to GiveWell and its top charities' Wikipedia pages to reflect 2016 recommendation status: $100. Completed November 30, 2016.
  • Addition of new rows to timeline of Wikimedia analytics: $10. Completed November 30, 2016.
  • Investigation into S3 cost modeling. Code at https://gist.github.com/riceissa/51ceb243a2f23995b902c1e320efdf71: $170. Completed December 3, 2016.
  • Review and feedback on new version of Wikipedia usage survey results: $55 (originally planned for $50, then upped to $70, but then we decided I would fork it). Completed December 24, 2016.
  • Work on the great decline post. The post itself is shelved for now. $925. Completed October 3, 2016. Payment added December 25, 2016, because the original plan was to add payment after completion of the work, but I decided to defer completion for a few months.
  • Language conversion. $150. Completed October 4, 2016. Issa still owes me some some language conversions when I need them, though I'll probably just incorporate his code ideas into WV and he won't need to do anything (other than maybe help if I have questions).
  • Researcher profiles: $70. Completed part sponsored by Vipul by December 31, 2016, though project officially stopped January 1, 2017.

Completed tasks for which payment was finalized too late for the 2016 tax year (will be included in 2017)

Total: $450

  • Tag page list translation to other languages: $150. Completed about September 30, 2017. Payment finalized November 8, 2017. From chat logs: did finnish cities, usual 4, did japanese, usual 4,, onto musicians, did japanese, no drake, romeo santos, sia, did french, no drake or sia, did spanish, no drake or sia, did german, no drake or sia, did italian, no drake or sia, did dutch, no drake, romeo santos, sia, did polish, same 3 as dutch, did russian, drake and sia".
  • Abandoned work on Giving Games: $200 severance fee. Completed August 24, 2016. Payment finalized December 2, 2017.
  • Abandoned work on GiveWell mid-year review post for 2017: $100 severance fee. Completed July 9, 2016. Payment finalized December 8, 2017.

Touch payments

Total: $320

Commission on task payments

List updated December 25, 2016. May not be kept up-to-date continuously.

Total: $270.63

  • Adrian Ulloa: Commission of 10% on $205 = $20.50
  • Amy Zhang: Commission of 15% on $80 = $12
  • Avi Glozman: Commission of 10% on $476 = $47.60
  • Chris Kunin: Commission of 10% on $262 = $26.20
  • Eddy Su: Commission of 10% on $71 = $7.10
  • Michael Royzen: Commission of 10% on $50 = $5
  • Sean Yu: Commission of 10% on $55 = $5.50
  • Thomas Foster: Commission of 10% on $105 = $10.50
  • Devansh Dwivedy: Commission of 10% on $125 = $12.50
  • Charlie Corner: Commission of 15% on $152 = $22.80
  • Sergey Yegorov: Commission of 10% on $198 = $19.80
  • Alex K. Chen: Commission of 3% on $2491 = $74.73
  • Joey Malandra: Commission of 10% on $64 = $6.40

Commission on royalty payments

  • 3% on Alex K. Chen's 2016 royalty of $1764.10 = $52.92

Stipend payments

Total so far: $3690

  • February 2016 (awarded December 28, 2016, after deferral): $700
  • March 2016 (awarded December 28, 2016, after deferral): $900
  • May 2016: $300
  • June 2016: $250
  • July 2016: $250
  • August 2016: $190
  • September 2016: $250
  • October 2016: $250
  • November 2016: $250
  • December 2016: $250
  • All of 2016: $100 for managing Alex K. Chen

Reimbursement payments

Total so far: $401.03

  • $115 for cash payment to Ethan
  • $80 for PayPal payment to Amy
  • $105.53 for PayPal payment to Adrian
  • 100.50 for PayPal payment to Adrian

Payment schedule

Total payment received for 2016: $5044 (+ $4000 pending)

  • PayPal payments made starting January and till April 22, 2016: $1044
  • Check dated May 14, 2016, successfully deposited and debited May 23, 2016: $4000
  • Check dated and sent October 1, 2016: $4000

Deferred payments

This is a record of payments that will be made later, conditional to some milestones.

Total so far: $9360

  • April 2016: $900
  • May 2016: $1000
  • June 2016: $1250
  • July 2016: $1250
  • August 2016: $960
  • September 2016: $1250
  • October 2016: $1250
  • November 2016: $750
  • December 2016: $750

Work in 2015

Unfortunately we don't have a record of payment per page for 2015. However, we do have a list of pages created. Outside of Wikipedia pages, the list may not be complete.

Completed pages

  • Timeline of online dating services: We're not sure if money was paid for this, but including it to be on the safe side
  • Form 1040: $400. Although the work was done in 2015, the article was improved and published on January 1, 2016.

Other payments, including improvements to existing pages and non-Wikipedia content creation work

Commissions

Payment of 10% of Alex K. Chen's money from working on Wikipedia.