Emergent or Structured Reputation: Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia
Jerry Michalski of Sociate shared a snippet from a presentation by Jimmy Wales at Standford this week:
"Among other things, he drew a great distinction between two ways of looking at what makes Wikipedia work. Jerry agrees. I agree. How about you?
* If it's an emergent phenomenon, merely the product of people trying to work together, none of whom are particularly significant, then it probably needs an explicit reputation system like eBay's.
* If it's a community at work, where some members are powerful and should be respected, then reputation is just a natural outcome of everyone's interactions and needs no explicit subsystem.
Jimmy believes the second perspective fits Wikipedia best."