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Re: Reputations

At 08:40 PM 9/3/96 -0700, Timothy C. May wrote:

>And so on. Many of the debates about anonymity seem to ignore reputations,
>filters, kill files. It is almost as if the critics of anonymous speech are
>saying "If there is not accountability for restaurant recommendations,
>we'll all be buried in garbage food." This ignores the _emergent order_ or
>_evolutionary_ nature of actors in the restaurant and restaurant evaluator

Could be a lack of understanding of the possibility of authentication, which
IMO can be necessary for 'reputation' to be viable.

>Free speech is often messy. 98% of everything I read or hear is crap, to do
>Sturgeon one better. But I use judgement to decide what to read, who to
>listen to, and what to mostly ignore. I use _reputation_ to choose
>restaurants, books, movies, speakers to listen to, etc.
>Sometimes I listen to anonymous speech, but mostly I don't. Pseudonyms take
>a while to gather a "positive reputation," and some never do. This is the
>way speech works. "Accountability" is a red herring.

I wouldn't exactly say that...but it's more of a personal responsibility
thing. Our model should be default acceptance of responsibility for words
and deeds, but I see that as a personal issue, not a matter for 'enforcement.'

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