Pony99CA wrote:Sure, but like karma/reputation in general, it can be good or bad. For example, when Windows Mobile was popular, I participated in several Windows Mobile forums trying to help people. At some boards, I had 2000+ posts, at others much less. So people at the boards where I'd posted a lot might think me an expert while people at boards I'd just registered at might think me a newbie with no more credibility than any other newbie. However, if those boards all used a shared karma system, even boards that I just registered at could see that I wasn't your average newbie.
On the other side of the coin, if an automotive site also used that system, if I were registering there for the first time and they used that karma system, people might think I knew a lot about cars even though most of my karma came from Windows Mobile sites.
If the system in question somehow categorizes sites, that could mitigate that. However, it's still something some people will like and others won't, I suspect.
Now you are getting it. It would allow people that have a reputation to take it with them to other places, and you also touch on one of the issues about shared reputations. How do you make a general reputation that can be shared between different sites? We have designed a multi-layered reputation, so at the top level you just see a general reputation and an accuracy of that reputation, but if you hover over the reputation it drops down into a list of aspects. These aspects categorise different types of user generated content. In addition to this there is a specific aspect for the topic area of the client site.
The next question I normally get is won’t people be able to artificially change their reputation by trying to “game” the system. This is a bit of a problem with some reputation systems, however by providing information feeds from multiple sites it is possible to detect this and many other types of gaming and remove or penalise that behaviour.
If you are interested I can talk more about some of the other benefits of such a system. Things like encouraging good online behaviour, secondary uses of reputations, how we can do this and keep it anonymous, how peoples’ feedback is included into their own reputations, other calculation feedback loops used in the calculation of the reputation.
However at this stage, I’m looking for a couple of clients on phpBB that would be willing to trial the system in the Beta phase. Any help with that would be appreciated.