Pymmetry and Bram's "trust" code have gotten me (finally) to
spending a little time with Python. It's fun and easy
though I still have some of the steep part of the learning
curve to go up. Emacs integration seems good, but I can't
seem to find the key-binding to evaluate e.g. a test def in
the file I'm working on. I'm sure there's a way...
Working with existing trust frameworks has got me thinking
about how cool the OpenPrivacy
reputation management framework is. It's designed so that
trust metrics - such as Pymmetry or Slashdot's moderation -
can be plugged in and evaluated *themselves* on their
reputation. So a community that uses e.g. Pymmetry today
can easily switch, if and when a better trust metric (or a
newer version of Pymmetry ;-) comes along. All pre-existing
identities, certification, and reputations would remain
intact, perhaps translated (at owner discretion) to the new
Think of it like a currency exchange, but with reputations.
No one can force you to start using a new currency but if
all your friends move to France, you'll want to start using
francs. The Reputation Management Framework provides a
plug-in architecture for Reputation Calculation Engines that
make this sort of "reputation-exchange" feasible. And since
reputation-exchanges are not zero-sum, you actually get to
keep your old reputation, too!
We're putting the finishing touches on the documentation,
but the code
is available now. We're also working on a example system
(Reputation-enhanced portal using Mozilla technology) -
check it out!