Re: META: traffic-limited list idea

Robin Hanson (
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 10:25:11 -0700 (PDT)

Sean Morgan writes:
>One common point to both of these schemes is that they rely on some measure
>of majority opinion of worth. Ideally we would each filter on our own
>measures of worth, as with Sasha's document rating proposal (not
>coincidentally related to his work at Firefly on rating movies, web sites,
>and now books).

Relying on the opinion of others can *be* part of one's measure of
worth. Firefly ratings are *also* measures of the opinions of others;
they measure the opinions of those Firefly crudely predicts will share
your opinions. Defining the group right, they are even measures of
majority opinion within a certain group. Joining a mailing list with
some sort of joint filtering rule is just another way for you to
choose people to rely on.

Robin D. Hanson

P.S. In response to my private suggestion to post more info on
NodeNet, Natasha told me privately that she had already done so in
the last week. Did anyone see this?