Opinions of People and Reputation in Information Flows

One thing I find interesting about the Internet is that we currently use it as a source of information — often biased, but information nonetheless — on things like products, experiences, places, and increasingly, people.

The conversation turned towards what to do when someone’s behaviour warrants a red flag to others. If you have a negative experience with someone — and you are clear about your bias or possible skews in judgment, but also honest in your perception of the experience — should you add it to the pool of search-indexed, persistent information in order to aid those engaging in future interactions, even at the risk of being harsh to the person you’re speaking of? Should we all have eBay ratings for who we are as people, tacked onto our annual personal IDPs pushed to our blogs?

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