There have been a couple discussions about voting, some about reputation systems, some more about advertising and business models and pretty much we’re talking about the same thing here: Attraction. In a decentralized system we have a bunch of different viewpoints and in the past we try to collate them into a single viewpoint. I think that’s our mistake. We should simply let them be and collect, or divide, as they may. Let the Law of Attraction work as it naturally would and write code that supports that. In another post I wrote the following little note.
I believe in another thread somewhere (I can’t find where) @janitor asked how consensus could be achieved without voting and I replied it wouldn’t be. But to further expound on that idea is the above. One doesn’t try to acheive a single consensus, one simply allows individuals to opt in and out of various consensi, to attract or repel what they do and do not like. Instead of having a culture of conformity one has a culture of individuality and acceptance. When two viewpoints differ they split apart and find others that are like them. Of course there are still those that wish to interact and understand one another and again there are healers and mediators, counselors and diplomats for that as well… or simply the desire to be together. But the point is general consensus isn’t required for a society to function. Although it would be interesting to see that if we did come to agreement on any issues together as a specieis if we all were just left to our own devices.
Anyway my point here is we should start thinking about these various systems, voting, reputation, business models, social structures, in terms of attracting and repelling as opposed to voting or validating any single issue. Instead of determining if someone has “good or bad” reputation it should be a question of whether they have reputation that an individual is personally attracted to or not. A hardcore sports jock might not be so attracted to a professional makeup artist, but his GIRLFRIEND might be. See the difference?