I think he's entirely right. Raph discusses some responses he got here, but I'd be interested to know what people here think!
Time for a trust metric enabled Wikipedia?
I see that Wikipedia is having some well-publicized troubles with vandalism and the like. This will be a somewhat bittersweet response.
The success of wikis has taken a lot of people by surprise, but I think I get it now. The essence of wiki nature is to lower the barrier to making improvements to content. The vast majority of access-controlled systems out there err strongly on the side of making it too hard. The idea of a wiki is to err on the side of making it too easy, and to lessen the pain (somewhat) of undoing the damage when that turns out to be a mistake. In cases where that doesn't work out, I think the solution is to make the decision process of whether to grant write access a bit more precise, so you can still err on the side of trusting too much, but you don't have to err quite as often or as badly.
In that regard, the trust metrics designed and implemented for Advogato are a near-perfect match for the needs of a Wikipedia-like project, but for the most part, nobody is paying much attention to my ideas. ( Read more... )