|Skills||Programming, community building, open source projects, presenting|
- Karma server is intended for rating the mailing lists posts (and/or other "content"), with the goal to share the ratings with "friends", within one or more communities, and to enable search within posts.*
Mailing lists are a (social media) tool for participatory decision making processes, enabling archived discussions with the goal of reaching a concensus. They are used for a very long time in this way in many different setups, from technical standardisation bodies (IETF, W3C), Internet governace (Regional Internet Registries, ICANN), technical communities (NOGs, e.g. NANOG, UKNOF, DENOG...), to community projects such as hackerspaces.
Enabling "tagging" of mailing-lists posts would introduce an improvement in the direction of more modern "social media", such as web-forums (slashdot, reddit) or other platforms where users can "rate" the content (Amazon, FB discussion groups).
"Tagging" is useful feature for several large communities that have many mailing lists (RIPE, NANOG, IETF); but also fo any smaller community (for example, hackerspace) that communicates via mailing lists. Using the karma server would lower the barrier for participation (since it is easier to rate "=1" or "-1" then to emial "mee too", or even more constructive post..).
Possible implementation solution would need to:
- enable mail clients (and/or mailing list servers) do the ratings;
- interact with the karma server, to upload and download ratings;
- also to choose people whose ratings I want to follow;
What needs to be done:
- write SW for karma server
- write patches that modify email clients
- promote the usage of this in several communities (29c3! ripe meeting, nanog meeting / lists, ietf...)
- write an RFC about it...
- maintain the "github" / open source repository of the SW
- "slashdot" -- only on the web
- Facebook groups :(
- ripe ncc has the rating of posts, on the closed web app, only for wg-chairs
- perlmonks.org (nice system that encourages voting)
- Emile Aben
- Unlike Us! http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/3-amsterdam/