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Re^5: Reputation and Accountability and anonymity

by ChemBoy (Priest)
on Jun 12, 2003 at 22:30 UTC ( #265527=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: Reputation and Accountability (tye)
in thread Reputation and Accountability

It is--to mortals like me. That the members of some cabal (no, not that Cabal) are accountable to each other doesn't make them individually accountable to the rest of us. Individual visibility is precisely my point.

Yes and no. Mostly no, actually. A quick glance at the intersection of other users and power users, for instance, will give you a pretty good idea who it could have been.

You make a great deal of noise about the lack of accountability, but I'm curious who you think the Authority Figures™ should be accountable to... the stock answer is of course "The Community" , but The Community stopped answering my /msgs a while back, so who? If we assume that the other denizens of the chatterbox are reasonable proxies (as a group) for The Community, then it seems to me that they're perfectly capable, if they disagree with a borging, of saying so without having a specific person to yell at. The only person denied this privilege (albeit temporarily) is the borgee, and that is, in fact, the whole point.

If borging were a non-public sanction, such that it was impossible to tell if some particular person were being unfairly targetted or if the borging rate had climbed beyond what was considered acceptable by the bystanders, then I could imagine some cause for fuss or even paranoia. Though it'd still be a pretty trivial power to be abusing, IMO. As it stands, I think you're overreaching drastically.

If God had meant us to fly, he would *never* have given us the railroads.
    --Michael Flanders

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Re: Re^5: Reputation and Accountability and anonymity
by chip (Curate) on Jun 12, 2003 at 22:46 UTC
    My ideal resolution is to see that every individual has the information required to form an opinion of how other individuals are behaving, be they Power Users or Posing Losers (or both). I have no further desire beyond seeing names -- individual names -- attached to actions. That's all. Really.

        -- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos

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