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Draft available for Chapter 8: Displaying Reputation

We've just posted the first draft of Chapter 8: Displaying Reputation on the wiki and submitted it to O'Reilly for our first editorial review. We're expecting a lot of feedback about structure, grammar, etc. from them in the coming weeks.

If you're brave enough, we'd love to hear from our peers about the content. So far we've used everything that people have sent us or left in comments to improve our work - and we intend to go right on doing just that. Keep it up, and many thanks!

Below is the first little bit of the new chapter to whet your appetite:

Three Questions

Okay, so you've designed a reputation model and decided how to collect your inputs. But your work doesn't end there. Far from it. No, now you're faced with a number of decisions about how best to use the reputations that your system is tabulating. Specifically, this chapter and the next will discuss your many options for using reputation to improve the user experience of your site, enrich content quality, and help educate and provide incentive for your users to become better, and more active, participants.

We'll walk you through a simple process for deciding how best to use reputations. We'll start with three simple questions:

  1. Who will be able to see the reputation?
    • Is it personal—hidden from other users, but visible to the reputation holder?
    • Is it public—displayed to friends or strangers, or visible to search engines?
    • Or is it limited to corporate use—for improving the site or recognising outliers in discrete ways that may not be visible to the community?
  2. How will the reputation be used to modify your site's output?
    • Will the reputation be used to filter the lowest- or highest- quality items in a set?
    • Will items be sorted or ranked using it?
    • And/or will this score be used to make other decisions about how the site flows or your business operates?
  3. Is this reputation for a content item or a person? There are some fundamental differences in approaches for each.

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