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Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems Companion Wiki

TWO new chapters! — UPDATE August 1, 2009 —

Chapter 5:Common Reputation Models and Chapter 7:Objects, Inputs, Scope, and Mechanism are drafted and ready for review. These are two of the meatiest chapters of the book.

Chapter 5 brings our Reputation Grammar to a logical conclusion by showing actual industry example of reputation systems, including eBay's Seller Feedback Karma and Flickr's Interestingness Reputation models.

Chapter 7 helps to transform the goals established in Chapter 6:Planning Your System's Design into a reputation model design. Presently, this chapter is twice as long as the others, so be warned that there is a lot to think about here. (We're thinking of splitting this chapter in half before we're done - so please feel free to leave us detailed feedback…

— UPDATE June 6, 2009 —

We're proud to announce that the draft for Building Blocks and Reputation Tips is now available for review! Things are starting to gel for us as a writing team, and we're very happy with the direction that the content is taking (though—as ever!—we still crave and appreciate your input.)

Building Blocks and Reputation Tips continues to build on the visual grammar first outlined in A Grammar for Reputation and attempts to describe some of the data primitives & typical processes that we'll be using to build more- and more-complex models & systems.

Bryce & Randy

— UPDATE May 23, 2009 —

Content Control Patterns

The Chapter 6 draft is finally up: Planning Your System's Design - there's a new taxonomy describing the various forms of user contributions that might be interesting to take a look at, as well as a mapping of user incentives for contributions. Very crunchy stuff.

— UPDATE April 23, 2009 —

The first draft of Chapter 2 - A Grammar for Reputation is now available for review and it's all about our reputation graphical grammar - the linchpin of the book and probably the most important work we're doing. Please take a look and leave feedback.

Bryce and Randy

This wiki is a companion for the upcoming Yahoo!Press/O'Reilly Media book: Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems written by F. Randall “Randy” Farmer and Bryce Glass.

Reputations Systems are becoming increasingly critical to the web in general as people and businesses need to sort through the unprecedented volumes of user generated content produced globally every second of every day. We thought it needed a book to help establish a grammar for thinking about and designing these crucial systems. To date, this topic hasn't been covered in book form, with bits and pieces all spread around, mostly as corporate anecdotes or academic research papers.

Since this is an attempt to build a new shared model for describing reputation systems, it seems logical that this book should be written in the un-book style - with the text available for peer scrutiny and feedback incrementally, as it is written.

Initially, the authors will keep control on the master text, hoping that enabling anonymous commenting on every page will serve the purpose of allowing your substantive suggestions/corrections/enhancements. This way you won't need an account to participate and we'll be able to keep the conversion process under control.

Feel free to leave comments here about any structural changes you'd like to see to this wiki or any other comments about the process.

Randy Farmer and Bryce Glass

P.S.: If you're really into it, you can subscribe to the RSS feed of most recently changed pages and keep up with every single substantive change over time.

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