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Have you considered using smarter algorithms with the same metrics? There are a lot of algorithms out there that are used to provide social proof while also being attack resistant. One of my favorite and easier to implement systems is this: Computing and using reputations for internet ratings Mao Chen & Jaswinder Pal Singh http://dl.acm.org/...


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When someone has the "verified" icon on Twitter, he/she must be very popular. It's safe to say that this type of social proof won't lose its value, because the selection is done by people. It can't be faked. How does the Twitter verification work? We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, ...



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