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June 10, 2005

Reputation Hack

Heather Green

John Franklin sent along this pointer to Clay Shirky's post on reputation hacking. What's this? One of the downsides of the mass amateurization of publishing, Shirky explains, complete with an example.

(Franklin posted the link as a comment on this blog, but it got cut off. Not by our skyscraper this time--but by a list on the right hand side of the site. So I am moving the link into the blog)

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Interesting piece. I have had to plead with Wikipedia editors in order to allow me to make changes to pages centered around correcting errors or removing mistakes. If you look at the photographs on many of their pages, many are stealth ads.

A good deal of reputation hacking's hidden in the descriptions there too. It's worth reading the areas you know. Some of the errors are shocking. You have to remember kids use Wikipedia who've never seen Britannica.

Posted by: Sam Sugar at June 10, 2005 05:54 PM

Clay seems to have disappeared. I sent an email to him and it was undeliverable. The last article he ever wrote was several years old, from what I could ascertain. He was a great thinker, but retired or something?

P.S. Consider a "Remember Me" type function for comments, adds cookie, to pre-set Name, Email, URL for future comment posting. Much reduction in time and keystroking. Thanks.

Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate at June 12, 2005 05:11 AM

steven,

I'll send along that advice to our tech people. You're right, it's a waste of keystrokes and drives me nuts too. Thanks.

Posted by: steve baker at June 12, 2005 08:37 AM

Greetings. I am the project maintainer of the project that stands accused by Clay Shirky's article. The curse of blogs is that are opinion pieces that do not need to corroborate or verify a story before they run with it and this is doubly harmful when major media outlets such as businessweek and others report these stories as if they were from a reputable source. I had never heard of Clay Shirky before this article was posted and would gladly have spoken with him regarding the wikipedia entry and slashdot article (which was unsolicited and honestly unwanted) and cleared up these misconceptions with backed up facts. I am happy to discuss this situation with anyone interested in more information than an un-researched one-sided opinion article can provide. Feel free to email me @ ryan at isptec dot net.

Posted by: Ryan Quinn at June 12, 2005 06:05 PM

I am interesting in hearing from Ryan and emailed to follow up.

Clay is actually teaching at NYU. I saw him about a month ago. Will ping him too and let everyone know what I hear!

Posted by: Heather Green at June 13, 2005 10:10 AM


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