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The Unnecessary Evil of a Minds Reputation System

RetroMaggedonSep 21, 2018, 1:25:57 PM

    If you are reading this, there's a good chance you came to Minds from Facebook or another social media site seeking greener pastures. Perhaps you wanted a place where you can share your thoughts openly, reach a new audience, or get exposed to new ideas. As a free speech platform, Minds allows people to share and promote ideas that are not mainstream. It also has a built in merit system known as the Minds Token. If you create something of value, people will help it gain traction through upvotes, comments, and reminds, allowing you to further promote your content. While this system is not perfect by any means, at the very least it has created a dynamic atmosphere fueled by a combination of interaction and competition. This system is also truly democratic, anyone one can participate and succeed if they have the motivation and talent to do so.

    This brings us to those who are pushing for a reputation system or “Reputation Keeper” to be implemented on Minds, who have put forth the notion that Minds needs some means by which to rank the trustworthiness of its users. The rationale behind their argument is that there are unsavory types such as Nazis, pornographers, and trolls polluting the platform. Of course these people need to be shoved into a dark closet rather than be treated like human beings with rights according to those pushing for a Reputation Keeper. We already have effective means of dealing with ideas that we do not agree with: if you do not like something you see you can either ignore it or challenge it. If you REALLY don't like something, block it. Problem solved. The beauty of this system is that it is completely up to the individual to decide what he or she consumes.

    It is clear that those advocating for a reputation system either do not understand what they are asking for or do not want to compete and wish to silence their adversaries. I'll put forth this question to both groups: What happens when the tables inevitably turn and you're the ones being abused by the very system you asked for? Bill Ottman and the rest of the Minds team are well advised not to listen to those trying to implement changes that could potentially limit the freedoms that have made Minds a growing force in social media. If Minds turns into another Twitter or Facebook, you can rest assured that someone else will replicate its model and begin leaching from its user base as those of us who want a free and open forum pack up and leave.