*Sigh*. Just read the new stuff about the problems people have with the trust-metric system around here. I'm just hoping that people don't fall prey to slashdot syndrome, i.e. taking this too seriously. I think that advogato, (I keep *thinking* advogato, but my hands keep typing "avocado" :) is great, and the trust-metric system is quite interesting, but that none of it should be taken too seriously. I hack my projects because it gives me pleasure, and I hope other developers are doing their respective projects for the same reasons. Do you think Alan Cox or Miguel would quit hacking if all of a sudden they were rated as Apprentices tomorrow?
This type of problem makes me want to go back and reread the section of "Homesteading the Noosphere" that's about ego in developing. I've always thought that ego really doesn't play much of a part, but maybe I'm wrong about that. I hope I'm not.