Thursday Community Call Recap 9.1.22

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly Thursday Community Call Thread. We really want to engage our community to think and learn about new topics in these calls. Unfortunately not everyone gets a chance to attend the call and those that do don’t always get a chance to speak due to time constraints.
There is value in continuing the types of conversation we start in these calls. We don’t want the call to be the last time people engage with the topics addressed. We want to enrich your days with inspiration and open eyes to new concepts. These topics might be applicable to some of your works or spark a personal interest. It is our goal to facilitate new ideas and creative thinking through this thread.

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9/1 Community Call Recap:

This week’s discussion on Reputation and Transparency in Research Environments was led by our very own Paul Zube.

Reputation systems and tooling are used broadly across all environments, not just research. Reputation is almost like a shortcut to understanding information without doing extensive research one’s self. Credibility based on reputation can be useful for all parties, but may cause biases that would be otherwise avoided. At SCRF, we want to avoid biases and an ivory tower type culture, especially when implementing systems that we ourselves would use. Our goal is determine whether a reputation system would be useful here, and if so, what kind of system we would want. We already have somewhat of a reputation system that you may be familiar with - SourceCred. SourceCred pays attention to activity on the forum, so as a gets a trust level based on behavior and earns DAI as a reward.

Reputation is used throughout the world for both internal and external purposes. One might act in a way that aligns with their own values, creating a reputation of the person they wish to be. This reputation can also be leveraged and monetized - using one’s personal brand to earn for one’s self.
But are there other systems that we could implement for the benefit of the community?

Some broad questions that were brought up:

  • What is reputation and how does it exist in research environments?
  • What does it mean to put reputation on display?
  • How do we choose what types of reputation we like and don’t like?
  • Does reputation transfer well?

More Web3 oriented questions:

  • How does reputation fit into the Web3 world?
  • Is a Web3 certification a good method for deciding if things said or produced align with expectations?
  • How would a standard be set across communities?
  • What is the novel Web3 aspect of reputation sharing?
  • How is web3 using thru tooling choices to recreate and build systems for reputation?

Much more was discussed, so please do take a look at the video when it is released!
If you feel inspired by any of these questions or have a point about other portions of the call, please discuss below.


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