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June 14, 2005

Reputation Hack: An Update

Heather Green

Clay Shirky writes that he got it wrong in a recent post where he speculated that there were connections between two people writing about a software project on Wikipedia and Slashdot, intent on drumming up interest in the project.

I linked to Shirky's post--and someone working on the project, Symphony OS, commented here on the whole kerfluffle. Good example of response mechanisms online.

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Yes, Mr. Shirky retracted his guesses about the connection between the two postees. But you'll note that he does NOT reverse his position on the questionable Wikipedia page, which he still likens to an advertisement (and which its creator acknowledges). So, the issue of a reputation hack here, as you originally raised it, is still relevant.

Posted by: John Franklin at June 14, 2005 03:35 PM

Hey John,

You're right and I hope that the way I wrote the post reflected that. However, I don't think I did a very good job of making that distinction when I read the little descriptor that went out with the RSS feed.

Posted by: Heather Green at June 14, 2005 04:10 PM

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