Reputation systems. Practical application

March 6, 2009

I’ve heard some rumors around new Social Mediaspace here at MCDM program. I assume that the creation of some kind of a collaboration platform would be a necessary part of this project. I know that there is a group of people working on it. That’s pretty much all I know about it.

For some reason, not too many people talk about it on Flip the Media blog (which is a little bit surprising). Thus, I’m going to fill this gap…

First of all, I would really love to see some kind of a reputation system that would be able to drive collaboration and provide an additional motivation to contribute. To create a viable model of a system like that we would need publicly accessible profiles (showing up in a search) that indicate contributor’s performance by earning reputation via posting content, commenting and rating other posts.

Another idea is to create publicly accessible wiki on the MCDM site for the student groups to work on their projects. All the projects a particular student iss working on should be displayed in his profile, showing his/her area of interests and expertise

Advantages of this approach:
– Unique content (either aggregated from different sources or created in the process of research)
– Defined focus and proper atmosphere of the website (not just posts about everything)
– More students would be providing content
– Contributers gain an additional motivation (each project they are working on is attached to their profile and helps them to build their expertise in a certain area, defined by a project)
– Students do a better job since their work results would be visible to others
– It’s easier for other groups to evaluate their classmates’ work
– This approach helps develop remote collaboration skills

Building an effective reputation system is a difficult task that would require a lot of time and resources. However, the benefit of gaining a control over the direction you want you users to follow would definitely pay off.

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2 Responses to “Reputation systems. Practical application”

  1. randa Says:

    Agree with benefits. However, one must ask…does the group have motivation and (more importantly) DEVELOPER resources to do this?

  2. ivsyd Says:

    Randa,
    defining specs of a successful reputation management system (just building a model) would take much more efforts than developing/coding it.


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