Re: META: To my Colleague Extropians

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Wed May 02 2001 - 15:18:06 MDT

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > Hmm, once we have this matrix of what everybody thinks of everybody else,
> we can do fun stuff like calculating Eigenvectors of it to get some kind of
> "ranking" and do similarity analysis ("Give me a list filtered after what my
> favorites like").<

> Natasha Vita-More wrote:

> I'd rather see a system implemented that follows more mind-bending criteria
> than whether a person is popular or not-:) If a rating system relied upon
> the Extropian principles and a variety of essays that embody content
> reflecting the goals, thoughts and feelings of "Extropy" rather than the
> personal likes and dislikes...

This is a waaaay better idea, thanks Natasha! If we had a system
which would allow the rater person to rate the *post* without
knowing who is the author, then this would be a better tool for
producing extropy. To remain anonymous I would need to stop
adding these things ----> {8^D

Many of us have a system where we have mentally done exactly
what we are talking about here: we have figured out the dozen
or two posters who consistently post something worth the time
to read. When we return from vacation and have a jillion messages
we scan down looking for family, friends and those two dozen
posters, then delete the rest. I do that.

How would we do it so that we rate the posts and not the posters?
Then create a matrix such as was described previously? Then
have the computer reconnect the post ratings with the person,
so as to make an ERA to allow Anders' filtered list of faves?
We could eventually write a subroutine that would keep track
of our favorite and most extropic posters and threads. We
would tell the machine we have half an hour to read email, for
instance, and it would automatically delete the junk and give
you half an hour's worth of stuff from your family, friends and
favorite extropians, who got that way from writing cool stuff,
not just from being nice people offlist. spike

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