08-22-2012, 05:23 PM #1
The new online reputation economy
Was just randomly browsing and came across this article by WIRED that fits incredibly well with all the reputation talk on this forum: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/arch...Excellent%20ar
Voting on and editing questions are just two ways in which users can earn reputation points on Stack Overflow. "Reputation is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you are talking about," Spolsky says. "The reason why the site is 100 per cent spam-free and that around 80 per cent of all questions get answered is entirely a function of the community. The way we do that is as you earn more reputation points, you get more powers on the site."
Feel free to call me a visionary or ahead of my time if you want.
Could you imagine a day where people reference your GermanBoost reputation for other things? Ok, fine, slim chance and whatnot but damn how awesome would it be if your rep here had influence outside of here?
Stack Overflow demonstrates how a person's reputation score created in one community is starting to have value beyond the environments where it was built. By answering questions in an expert forum, you create more opportunities to find a better job.
Reputation information can also be used to look forward rather than back -- for instance, using past actions to work out the likelihood of someone honouring an agreement in the future, which could be particularly useful in the financial services industry. "Any kind of business based on credit has to take into account people's ability to repay and their propensity to pay," says Errol Damelin, founder of Wonga, the online short-term cash lender (Wired 06.11). "Even when they are able to repay, will they or won't they? It's a totally different question. That's when reputation really comes into play." Wonga claims to crunch on average 8,000 pieces of data to get a sense of how trustworthy its applicants are.
The same part would also light up if they had won money. As Sadato puts it: "The implication of our study is that different types of reward are coded by the same currency system." In other words, our brains neurologically compute personal reputation to be as valuable as money.
Personal reputation has been a means of making socioeconomic decisions for thousands of years. The difference today is that network technologies are digitally enabling the trust we used to experience face-to-face -- meaning that interactions and exchanges are taking place between total strangers.
I think we're on to something here.
08-22-2012, 05:41 PM #2
Although I like the rep system it's the inherent bias people have that skews the result. If someone says something anti-Obama and you are pro-Obama you are likely to neg rep that person even though what they said maybe fact and vice versa. Getting away from politics and onto car stuff if you're pro-Merc and say an anti-BMW comment BMW lovers will neg rep you, even if what you said is fact! So it's like socialism, the concept works but people are people and who wants to work at a harder job to get the same pay as an easy one? The concept of rep is beautiful however, people are people and bias rules. IMO to mitigate this bias, you need more of a sample size - that comes with time - and this site has grown quite a bit since its inception. I hope we can get even more members from all manufacturers, all camps, to have the least biased car forum.
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08-22-2012, 05:47 PM #3
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08-22-2012, 06:25 PM #6
There is a lot that can be done with this. With people worrying about the same person negging them again and again I could do something like if after X negs reps it costs you that persons rep power to neg them again in X time period. Pretty smart if I do say so myself...
08-22-2012, 06:37 PM #7Timeout
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08-22-2012, 07:21 PM #9
Rep points equal intelligence, we all know that.
08-24-2012, 01:19 PM #10
Just look at the growth and number of users on sites like Yelp. I will not even try a new restuarant or book hotel reservations without first searching for reviews on yelp. The entire Yelp system is based on reputation. The Yelp system is great. I can check out a restuarant and see detailed reviews from other users, I can establish the reviewers credibility by looking at their other reviews, if it's some guy leaving a bad review and most of his other reviews have been for Denny's, Sonic and Burger King I am not going to put much faith in his reviews, but if he has reviewed more upscale establishments across the country I feel he might know what he is talking about.
That is similar to how the Rep system works here on Germanboost I would assume, longtime more established members have the opportunity to earn more "rep power" than some noob off the street, that's the way it should be.
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08-24-2012, 01:22 PM #11