Would you register / login to participate in Beta Labs conversations?Mon, 2008-09-08 16:34
We are currently developing a new website for Beta Labs, hopefully to be deployed in early November or so. Don't worry, you can have your say before that - we'll share the concept and draft layout for your comments soon.
Anyway, one of the key drivers here is to improve the opportunities for public debate - ranging from ratings and reviews to dedicated bug reporting systems, wishlists, and discussion areas. Participating on these areas would naturally mean registration (integrated under Nokia Account), and a reputation system would keep a record of your past contributions under your user profile, visible for all.
This way, by giving due recognition to those who deserve it, we are hoping to make Beta Labs participation more motivating. But also, we are seriously trying to identify the most valuable community members, in order to give them further opportunities. For example, they recently asked me to select the best Beta Labs contributors to be invited to Nokia Open Lab next week. I tried. Unfortunately, I learned quickly that I had no way to do it fairly, before getting the formal reputation system in place. (so I let other people to choose)
The question is, would you accept the registration?
I'm currently estimating that about 50% of the current Beta Labs participants would not register, and initially, the amount of feedback would drop. But in the long run, that might be just fine, because we want to keep this site focused on the most passionate and most insightful Nokia users only. Here, it's the quality that counts - no need to maximize the amount of feedback, as it would not be statistically representative anyway. And looking at various web communities, it seems that over time, the quality of debate on non-anonymous sites tends to increase, whereas at anonymous sites the quality tends to plummet (example link).
What do you think about this thorny issue?
Ps. no, you don't need to register to download stuff or to read other people's comments. We don't want to make things more inconvenient than necessary.