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Re: Reputation in action

Greg Burk wrote:

| Well, this looks like a chance to quickly correct some mistakes without
| spending a lot of time framing the issue.
| [email protected] (Timothy C. May) writes:
| > But this latest episode illustrates the role of reputations. Namely, my own
| > reputation is not being harmed by bizarre commentaries from the Vulis-bot.

| And it seems to me that your usage of "reputation" has at different
| times meant both direct and indirect exposure. This clearly discards
| important information, often to the detriment of your analysis. Perhaps
| you can explain why the two separate things are the same in some
| important way, aside from merely that they both involve esteem.

	A while back (Sept 94) I sketched out a system for using a
numeric indicator (from -1 through 1) as an indicator of how
interested (likely to read) you were in someone else's postings.  I
suggested that simple multiplication could achieve useful results.  If
I respect Alice 50% of the time, and Alice respects Bob 50% of the
time, then a rough cut at my interest level in Bob would be 25%.  If
Alice disrespects Charles 90% of the time, that gives him a negative
45% in my book.

	By generating simple numbers like this, I can tune my
tolerance level based on time.  Its not perfect, but roughly works.

	Deranged Mutant pointed out that radically different opinions
by a few people might cause the system to start behaving chaoticly,
and Hal also had some interesting comments.  Check the archives.

| > In the mathematics of reputations, a negative reputation held by one whose
| > own reputation is negative is a positive.
| I don't think this is an example of any such thing. I would not respect
| a person even a tiny bit more just because a kook disrespects them. In
| fact, since the kooks frequently hold each other in very low esteem, the
| suggested polarity-math is self-contradictory.
| Rather, I think this is an example of how direct exposure supercedes
| reputation.

	Kooks do mess things up a bit; but most people aren't kooks.
My enemies enemy is my friend is oft true.

	In the system I outlined, direct exposure clearly does
supercede reputation, except in the (possibly rare) case where you
respect someone else more than you respect yourself.


"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."