Q1: What action will be taken as a result of my report?
A: This depends heavily on what you want to happen. The panel will keep the fact that you made a report, and the details of the report, entirely confidential unless you specifically give us permission to reach out to others.
Q2: How will reports be vetted?
A: If no action is requested, the report may not be immediately vetted (e.g. if it is a minor issue or the reporter is not yet ready to take action). If action is requested, the panel will request to speak to anyone involved, including any witnesses, and ask for supporting materials.
Q3: What kinds of outcomes can I request?
A: Reporters can request a wide variety of preferred outcomes. Some possibilities:
Note that these requests will be taken into account, but they are not guaranteed, e.g. if the panel is unable to substantiate the claims.
Q4: Is my issue too minor to report?
A: Anything that caused you harm, including fairly minor harm, is okay to report. It's really useful to hear about interactions that made people unhappy or uncomfortable, even if they don't clearly break rules or require action, because sometimes a pattern emerges when lots of people bring up things like that. Patterns of minor harms can be very informative predictors of future behavior.
Examples of issues that are okay to report:
Q5: This happened outside of REACH/the bay area/the country. Should I still report?
A: If the person in question is in the extended EA and rationalist community, yes, especially if the person is likely to visit the bay area, or is in a leadership role in their community elsewhere.
Q6: It seems like the panel's decisions can have serious consequences. How will the panel be held accountable?
A: The panel will document all decisions with the reasons behind those decisions. In many cases, these reasons will be confidential. The panel may share anonymized accounts with the consent of the reporters, and in the case of aggregated reports, the panel may share numbers. Public reports will be shown to the reported person before being posted, and they will have an opportunity to dispute any claims before the panel goes public with them.
Decisions will never be made purely on the basis of fully anonymous reports, though anonymous reports may initiate investigations. Note that this means it’s ok to make an anonymous report, but if you request specific actions, we may need identifying details to proceed. The panel will never share identifying details without the consent of the reporting party, even if that means we are unable to investigate.
Q7: What process is in place for determining suspensions and bans from REACH?
Q8: Who is on the panel?