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Comments on The Whuffie Bank: Reputation-Based Currency
This new startup will track your online reputation for you. (Read the complete story)

"One obvious gap in this is that it doesn't take into account those with personal sites that have a large following, (like Jerry Pournelle's site) or who are well known on major forums, but avoid the stereotypical "social networks" like twitter, facebook, myspace, etc. (considering that, in actual numbers, some of the forums or other sites that aren't _nominally_ "social networks" actually involve larger numbers of followers, and followers with more real world influence, and who have more loyalty to the one they are following)"
(Ashley 9/16/2009 9:32:30 AM)
"How about the social currency unit 'Whirr', used in Harry Harrison's 'The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted' (1987). Like the Whuffie, it is only recorded electronically and has no physical presence. The society in which the currency was used followed a social philosophy called 'Individual Mutualism' (a humorous paradoxical neologism invented by Harrison). Notably, the Whirr could not accrue interest, though it could be used in exchange for goods and services."
(Fortigurn 9/17/2009 2:50:03 AM)
"This Whuffie iz ze, ow you say, Devil"
(Fronch 9/17/2009 10:58:48 PM)
"this is just like scott westerfeld's "extras". the economy is called a reputation economy and the people who get the most hits on their page, or have their name said would get more stuff from "the hole in the wall". if they're sports stars or talk about real contreversial things they tended to be ranked higher because people would talk more about them. in an attempt to beat the system there was a group of people called "reputation bombers" who would repeat the name of a member constantly to see how far up the ranks the person got."
( 9/30/2009 4:25:11 PM)

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