User:LorenzoAncora/documents/Formal Reputation System
Accepting new volunteers and assigning user privileges over time requires keeping the opinion of the whole community in mind. Only a small part of the visitors want to dedicate themselves to volunteering and an even smaller part can support the weight of an administrative role. Also, in real-time services accessible remotely (like IRC), one must take into account that only a small fraction of users have the opportunity to participate on a daily basis, of which only a subset in time zones used by majority of users. This makes lasting social relationships difficult to sustain.
This is why we need a method to enhance the commitment of individuals to the eyes of the community and this method must be as independent and neutral as possible, both with respect to users and administrators. In short, the IT infrastructure must be so specialized that it allows all users, at any moment, to realize if the actions of other users are appreciated by the majority: human beings tend to imitate each other, so if everyone declare respecting a specific individual, new users will tend to associate themselves, wishing to respect and be respected.
Achieving this goal requires the creation of an independent loyalty system.
The Formal Reputation System is an independent software collection that mimics
and analyzes the social structure of the Free Software Directory.
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