[Foundation-l] On hard-to-read usernames

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sun Dec 24 15:47:48 UTC 2006


On 12/24/06, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 24/12/06, GerardM <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > A user can be associated with metrics that indicate the status of a user
> ..
> > this can have several attributes, amounts of positive contributions, the
> > status on other projects like admin/bureaucrat etc.  This will provide
> the
> > information people say they need; a clue as to if someone can be trusted
> to
> > do good.
> It's not clear why processing users' contributions by machine is less
> dehumanising than allowing display of their user-ID number.

The difference is that I do not mind to be associated with what I have done.
It is also exactly the type of information that helps assess if someone is
more likely to be trusted. A number has nothing to do with me.

Also, mechanical processing of contributions leads to a gameable
> system which *will* then be gamed.
> - d.

How the metrics are to be created is something that has not been discussed
at all. It is clever that you already know that it will be possible to game


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