Is anyone actively working on improvements to Advogato? Is anyone using a system like Advogato for administrative uses? BZFlag is considering using a system like Advogato for peer ranking in the community. A higher rank would allow access to administrative tasks on participating servers.
The BZFlag team has been discussing a Karma System to use for peer ranking of players, operators, and developers. This system would then allow operators to grant access to players based on peer rankings. It would need to be resilient to outside attacks and much more likely to be attacked than Advogato.
This person has certified others as follows could indicate who has not ranked you. Others have certified this person as follows could also indicate who you have ranked. A system wide ranking by value could be calculated. Are all Journeyers equal?
On the BZFlag karma system, I had intended that everyone can see who had ranked whom, but not the rank itself. A logged in user can see and adjust the ranks he has given to others.
I suspect that ranks are not quite accurate here because the ranks are publically visible. Of course hiding them also allows them to be inaccurate because they are hidden.
It would be an interesting exercise to include the gpg trust matrix in the picture. This "trust" is different than a rank. In insures that the person is who they say they are, but does not imply a confidence in ability.
It would be interesting to merge advogato with sites like Savannah. Would you trust anyone ranked as Master to be able to post to your CVS tree? Probably not. Would you deal with a reported issue differently if you realized it came from someone with a Master Advogato rank? Probably so.
... it is too easy to get a good ranking on advogato.
I guess KArma points based on participation may also be a bad idea, unless you have some kind of quality control. Keep in mind most losers have a lot of time at their hands to bother people.
The current work on RDF/Foaf and the point system on everything (www.perlmonks.org) show that Advogato is a great step in the right direction.
I suspect that a trust based metric on a long term basis will allow you to eliminate abusers.
When you have a secure network that only allows authenticated users, then you can provide more services safely.