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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Omidiyar Network Collaboration Network With Reputation System

Howard Rheingold writes about The Omidyar Network reputation system saying,The Omidyar Network reputation system is a new experiment in designing the social architecture of an online social network. Howard adds,something tells me that the $25,000 offered by the network to its members, to do whatever they agree to do, will energize the experiment.When you join omidyar.net, you start with a feedback bank of 10 points. Your feedback bank can be transferred , one point at a time, as either positive feedback or negative feedback to any member, workspace or discussion. As you use omidyar.net, your feedback bank will increase, based on your usage pattern inside the omidyar.net, and what you do. You earn more "credit" in your feedback bank the more you contribute. If you simply visit and not actively contribute to the body of knowledge i.e you do not initiate a discussion, post discussions etc., your feedback bank will grow far more slowly. If you are an active discussion participant, and you contribute to a group's workspace, your feedback bank will grow more quickly. If someone gives you positive feedback, both your score and your feedback bank will increase by one.

I am curious to explore and find out to see if the eBay like reputation system codification works in this situation. However there are some queries based on posts around various places in the web about the framework - some of those that i find very interesting and relevant:

- How this incentive for gaming the system will be diferent from it has been in the SNSs like Friendster.
- Some of the potential downsides include - Users would create multiple accounts to give themselves higher positive points, and other users negative points. Gangs of users may choose to work with each other to give each other points and to take points away from others - essentially to prevent suituations like this. In Omidayar's system this could be dangerous because negative ratings curtail a user's operation of the system.
- In Ebay the feedback level is a function of the number of succesful paid transactions it costs to leave feedback. In this system since there is no cost incurred when leaving feedback so it may end up as mob rule. It's probably best to separate and disengage user ratings from system access previlages.
- For feedback mechanisms and for original content , great people can make one or two contributions and hundreds of contributions from averagers may not match it – we need an approach to differentiate this.

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