Fall_Child42 wrote:The big problem with the Gameification of something like this is it encourages people to
A: be more misogynist to get on that leader board, or
B: go around looking for excuses to be offended so they can get on THAT leaderboard.
The whole thing reeks of an effective censorship program, but one I would not want to see utilized by anybody.
People get too offended as it is, and the fear of offending someone should not stop someone from speaking their mind. (or making a joke)
Both are possible outcomes. There's a third option:
C. The reporter leaderboard encourages people to step forward. The reportee leaderboard acts as a way to let people know what they're doing, and make any adjustments they would like to lower their standing. (Or raise it, I guess.)
I am not implementing a censorship program, although this tool could be used to implement one. (Ban the top 10 leaders from posting for a week, or something.)
The "fear of offending someone" is almost but not exactly what I'm looking to instill. People behave differently when they know that others have the power to record their actions. In this case, however, I'm not building a single entity that rules over everyone with limited-access cameras. Everyone has the ability to record an incident. I don't know if this will result in mob rule or better discourse, but you don't know until you try.
One final note:
Aaron Swartz liked to call himself an applied sociologist. I like to think I'm following in his footsteps. (Way behind, but still on the same path.)