If I Don't Know Who You Are, I Can't Evaluate What You Say

I'm still thinking a lot about the culture of anonymity of the old Web, and what it means for the collaborative nature of 2.0. Lots of smart people at GovLoop chimed in, some agreeing strongly with my rant against anonymous comments, some telling me I was off base. It's an important issue, so I asked social media researcher Mark Drapeau a question on Twitter. Here's the quick back and forth:
Adriel: Mark, if two people said the same thing, a high-schooler and a PhD, which one would you take more seriously?

Mark: Obviously, that question is not answerable, because you haven't given enough situational facts surrounding the case.

Adriel: Still thinking about the question of anonymous information in networks. I tend to give weight to experience.

Mark: If the topic was "being a high school jock" I wouldn't trust the Ph.D. What's "experience"? Your question is unanswerable.

Adriel: You're right. But your answer does reaffirm that you have to have the context of who someone is to evaluate their contribution.

What do you think?

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  • published this page in Blog 2009-01-24 19:27:24 -0500

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