Thursday, May 18, 2006
The codehaus main web site is dead in the water and has been for a few days now (I think all week). Not the best time to be down since JavaONE is in full swing (no pun intended). Normally I wouldn't mind so much but I've been really getting into groovy lately. I've written a few small utilities that pull information out of Basecamp using the Basecamp API. I must say that writing in groovy is extremely liberating. I am starting to fall in love with this language. Don't get me wrong I like python, perl, and ruby, but there is something ultra-sexy about a dynamic language that targets the JVM.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Rapleaf Reputation Limited
In examining Rapleaf's reputation system I keep bumping into one fundamental limitation. You can rate people on only three participatory roles of two experiences. In the asymmetric buy/sell experience you can rate them as either a buyer or a seller and in the symmetric experience of "friendship", well, as a friend. How about rating someone as a blogger, novelist, graphic artist, worker, presenter, programmer, and so on? These experiences are just as important. The math models can't be that difficult. Sounds ambitious but reputation seems composed of much more. I know they've really only just launched but there may be a way around this problem. Since Rapleaf is building a business on reputation, maybe they should start thinking (I'm sure they already have) about being the clearing house and synthesis engine for other reputation systems. One easy integration might be with Technorati rank. That may be an easy way to integrate blogging reputation or authority into their system. The math may be hard but integration should be simple. This is a way for Rapleaf to increase the value of their own reputation system as well as adding value to other open reputation systems. If they start getting wide adoption that might pressure some reputation silos to start opening up their systems. It's a tough row to hoe but it's a strategy to establishing something interesting. Whuffie anyone? I'm really starting to get interested in how this intersects, merges, enhances or trumps the current attention economy talk but I'm going to need to think about that one some more before I go off half-cocked on you, gentle reader, in this space.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
I just got an account on RapLeaf. Below is my little rating widget. Click it to endorse me! Let's see how this goes. The idea is interesting. Many systems have reputation systems as a feature, and I think a few attempts at creating application independent rating systems have failed, but the idea of a system like this is solid. I hope they succeed.