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    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.
    Interesting article and there seems to be a psychological connection to receiving good reputation treating it almost like currency. I'm telling you guys, other forums are using outdated models that are far too totalitarian requiring large staffs to even maintain increasing the bureaucracy and making it difficult to get your issues resolved or even reach the person who can:

    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.

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    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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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by oddjob2021 Click here to enlarge
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    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.
    That is kind of how it works in real life. If someone says something you disagree with you won't like it and you will react negatively. It's tough to balance it and the only way to mitigate it would be to limit the amount of neg reps one can give. Neg rep power is already cut in half from positive.

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    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!
    Nah, I haven't seen that. Nobody is going to neg you just because you like a car they don't.

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    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.
    I'm going to keep tweaking. An interesting thought is what if neg reps cost rep? Would make you think twice.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by oddjob2021 Click here to enlarge
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    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.
    this coming from a freakin' BMW guy.....j/k . i agree with you 100% and you get some positive rep fom me for that Click here to enlarge

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    I'm going to keep tweaking. An interesting thought is what if neg reps cost rep? Would make you think twice.
    i like the negative rep would cost you idea . how about receiving multiple negative reps in one day would cost you a 24hr or 48hr suspension ? if you are dumb enough to write something that negative against the community , then you deserve a little time out to reflect Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BAD430BENZ Click here to enlarge
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    how about receiving multiple negative reps in one day would cost you a 24hr or 48hr suspension ? if you are dumb enough to write something that negative against the community , then you deserve a little time out to reflect
    I'm thinking that based on your rep power how many neg reps you receive in a day could give you a timeout or ban you from a thread.

    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...

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    hhmm sounds like what i said, but im very smart, just look at my rep

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
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    I'm thinking that based on your rep power how many neg reps you receive in a day could give you a timeout or ban you from a thread.

    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...
    that would keep those very special individuals that hold a grudge from going neg rep happy . sounds great so i don't negative repped for asking a general question anymore
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    hhmm sounds like what i said, but im very smart, just look at my rep
    a hell of a lot smarter than me Click here to enlarge

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    Rep points equal intelligence, we all know that.

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    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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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JRCART Click here to enlarge
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    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.
    Exactly.

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