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Coming to SxSW: Production Copies of Building Web Reputation Systems!

Bryce and I are happy to announce that Building Web Reputation Systems has gone to the printers! We're absolutely excited to share this news with you all today. It's hard to believe it's been more than a year since we started. Thank you so much to all who've been reading our work as we developed it and providing such helpful feedback—it wouldn't be half as good as it is without you!

The book will hit the retail shelves on 4/1, but if you can't wait that long you have 2 options: (1) early copies will be available from the O'Reilly booth at SxSW!; and (2) there are some eBook codes that will be made available for those willing to review the book and post it online—see the booth or contact us via email (our address is over there → in the sidebar.) I guess it will depend on your blogging karma score. :-)

If Amazon sales rank is any indicator, sales are already picking up, so it seems that, after mobbing the SxSW booth, the fastest way to get a paper copy is to preorder at O'Reilly,
Amazon, Borders, or your favorite book retailer.

For those of you who don't already know what this book is about, here's the back cover copy:

What do Amazon's product reviews, eBay's feedback score system, Slashdot's Karma System, and Xbox Live's Achievements have in common? They're all examples of successful reputation systems that enable consumer websites to manage and present user contributions most effectively. This book shows you how to design and develop reputation systems for your own sites or web applications, written by experts who have designed web communities for Yahoo! and other prominent sites.

Building Web Reputation Systems helps you ask the hard questions about these underlying mechanisms, and why they're critical for any organization that draws from or depends on user-generated content. It's a must-have for system architects, product managers, community support staff, and UI designers.

  • Scale your reputation system to handle an overwhelming inflow of user contributions
  • Determine the quality of contributions, and learn why some are more useful than others
  • Become familiar with different models that encourage first-class contributions
  • Discover tricks of moderation and how to stamp out the worst contributions quickly and efficiently
  • Engage contributors and reward them in a way that gets them to return
  • Examine a case study based on actual reputation deployments at industry-leading social sites, including Yahoo!, Flickr, and eBay

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