If you want a good reputation system, just let me remember who you are. And if you do me a favor, I'll remember it. And I won't store it in the front of my brain, I'll store it here, in the back. I'll just get a good feeling next time I get email from you; I won't even remember why. And if you do me a disservice and I get email from you, my temples will start to throb, and I won't even remember why. If you give users a way of remembering one another, reputation will happen, and that requires nothing more than simple and somewhat persistent handles
You Own Your Own Words
One of the hallmarks of the WELL's particular style of interaction is the guiding principle that "you own your own words", commonly referred to as YOYOW. This is merely one element of a full community-forged Members Agreement, but it is often considered a cornerstone of WELL culture. In a nutshell, the most interesting implications of YOYOW are about taking responsibility:
This means that you are responsible for the words that you post on the WELL and that reproduction of those words without your permission in any medium outside of the WELL's conferencing system may be challenged by you, the author.
Since the WELL does not allow anonymous accounts, this YOYOW policy tends to lead to a high level of actual discourse -- a good "signal-to-noise" ratio, if you will.
Badger wrote:This brings up a few ideas and issues which bob states (and Harriet in another thread). The question is this: Who owns the words that I post on this board? The Well (a local long-time board) has the following statement as part of their user agreement. The Well has always championed and upheld this idea for several reason - one of which is noted below.
Badger wrote:As a member a while back I remember one person who'd been a part of the community for quite a number of years who one day systematically removed every post that he'd ever written. The board in a lot of ways was diminished because he'd contributed greatly during that time. And though people were annoyed/bummed/pissed/grateful that he'd done it no one objected to his right to do so. The words were, after all, his.
Badger wrote:What this brings up for me in a round about way entails a bigger question. To what extent can I expect that anything I say express or postulate in words won't at some future point, be commodified should this board become a fee-based venture?
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