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Stephen Downes

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There's a polite fiction out there that you can select resources by having people vote for them. But in recommendation systems, as in politics, entrenched interests are able to game the system, adding extra votes for their resources at the expense of small-timers who don't have the money or influence to pull in thousands of votes. We see this pattern happening in the new (post-neocon takeover) Digg. I never Digg my own stuff, even though I have an account. But modesty doesn't prevent Time from voting for itself more than 6,000 times, or Bloomberg almost the same. The solution? To my eyes, it's to count votes only from my friends. Ah, but because you can't game such a system there's no money in it.

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