- How is the UX of the best, or any, web reputation systems capturing and representing offline influence within a community?
- What are the signals that are quantified or illuminated in the examples?
I'm working on a UX that will include on a reputation system for our user base and am taking notes from popular systems such as:
- Stack Exchange, Yahoo Answers, Ebay, Amazon, Yelp
- Klout, LinkedIn
- Dribbble, Behance
- Xbox Live Gamerscore, Apple Game Center, Halo Rankings, League of Legends
Most of the reputation system examples focus on system activity to build up rank and do not capture real-life, offline influence. For example, my 134 score & 4 badges on UX-StackExchange is great at showing I haven't done much on StackExchange (by comparison to those using it), but not so great at capturing what I get paid for daily (and all the other people not using it).
Examples like these will not be sufficient for the reputation scoring I need in our UX. Quora approaches this problem differently, leveraging real identity and offline reputation to lend credibility to the answer. There's no score, just a headline that leaves the user to interpret the credibility. The fact is that all new users of our system should not start with a reputation score of zero (if numerical score is even the right display).
I'm looking for any UX examples (good or bad) of systems or signals that are capable of capturing offline influence. One such UX example is what LinkedIn has started doing recently with Skills & Expertise - your connections can upvote skills you've listed, or even suggest you to add new skills to your profile. I don't need a whole site breakdown, just the leads on where to look, and thoughts on why you're suggesting it.