Re: META: traffic-limited list idea

Sean Morgan (
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 21:47:47 -0600

Lee Daniel Crocker <> wrote:
>> 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).
>Please justify this statement. The proposal I made is exactly the
>opposite of that: each individual decides for himself how to spend
>his own tokens, majority be damned.

Sorry, I didn't explain because I thought it was obvious and I had to catch
a flight.

If the majority of people (or more accurately, the majority of coins
donated, but given a normal variation on the size of the donation it serves)
are not interested in some rarely discussed topic of interest to me (e.g.,
nanotechnology), then the pay-for-merit scheme does me no good. I don't know
who will post on that topic in advance of the post, and a standing offer to
donate for such a post doesn't look like a good idea.

I want the filter to highlight what *I* like. BTW, here's a repost of
Sasha's message on this.

>Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 11:17:40 -0500
>From: "Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko" <>
>Subject: Re: META: private filter option
>At 11:15 PM 3/10/97 +0100, Anders Sandberg wrote:
>>Hmm, I see some fascinating applications for sociological cluster-analysis
>>software here to help people find their ideal select lists. One could even
>>use set operations to personalize further...
> I now work professionally on ACF (Automated Collaborative Filtering)
>technology at Firefly, and I hope to have chance to apply it to a mailing
>list sometime soon (this year?). Technologically, it is not very different
>collaboratively filtering Reuters newsfeed that Firefly is going to do in near
> As for the sociological implications, I am writing an essay on the subject
>(see URL below), and would be happy if you could read and comment on it.
>Alexander Chislenko <>
>ACF theory paper: <>
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