[foaf-dev] FOAF-based whitelisting project

elw at stderr.org elw at stderr.org
Mon Mar 12 19:09:53 UTC 2007

>> A unidimensional trust metric is often not particularly useful.
> I'd agree that your statement holds true in most cases, however I think 
> there's a risk of overcomplicating the issue in the context of this 
> project. What's needed in this case (imho at least) is simply some 
> measure of: the extent to which I trust that the sender of a particular 
> email is a real person who wants to contact me for some legitimate 
> reason to which I'm likely to consent. More contextualised trust is 
> great/essential in other settings (I may trust you to repay a loan, but 
> not to recommend restaurants, or vice versa), but would be overkill 
> here. Knowing that a mail comes from a friend of a friend (of a 
> friend...) is probably a sufficient basis for this form of trust.

Ya.  I was thinking outward to other places that trust metrics could be 
useful, and not doing a very good job of limiting my mental romp to the 
(more or less tightly bounded..) domain of anti-spam whitelisting :)


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