RE: META: To my fellow Extropians

From: Sean C. Morgan (
Date: Fri May 04 2001 - 12:30:18 MDT

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At 09:23 AM 5/2/01, Brian Atkins wrote:

>Javien is working on it, hopefully they will get done with
>it in a few more months. From my understanding it will be a hybrid
>with this mailing list continuing as normal, but also crossposted to
>web system. You will be able to rate people and hopefully see ratings
>on the web, and in normal emails using simple clickable URLs. I don't
>know all the details yet.

Some points of clarification. The beta version is available now. This
version does not affect the mailing list at all, the ratings are only
available on the web archive. Also, the ratings apply to the content,
not the author.

The web archives are available at
<>, and should work with any web
browser. There is a lag of a few minutes between the mail broadcast and
it appearing in the archive.

To rate archived content, you need to install client software (currently
only available for Windows, Linux is in the works). To register to get
the client software, go to <>.

The ratings use collaborative filtering. That is, the recommended values
that you see will be specific to you. This works by correlating your
ratings with those of other users. For example, when Natasha rates on
the basis of adherence to 'the Extropian principles and a variety of
essays that embody content reflecting the goals, thoughts and feelings
of "Extropy"', she will then see recommendations for content based on
the ratings of other users who share that attitude.

To enter ratings you must create a pseudonymous identity, an "agent",
which has a micropayment account associated with it. We are still
restricting the beta somewhat in that only Extropy Institute members
will be given money in those accounts. But with this email, we are
opening it up so that anyone on this list may get the client software
and try out the rating system, but their account balance will remain at


Sean Morgan
VP Product Management
Javien Canada Inc.

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