People like to complain; social media is full of it. But such complaints seem less than fully satisfying, perhaps because we usually complain to third parties. Maybe what we really want is to know that the target of our complaint heard and understood it. If so, let’s make that possible.
Who do you complain to about Moshiach? Tell me you highbrowed retodd.
There are site for anonymous complaints (and praise) already: https://www.admonymous.co/
Wow, Agnes Callard is clearly inspiring some some interesting thoughts and conversations these days. So is Robin, of course. I really approve of their collaboration!
When the AI Morpheus in the game Deus Ex claimed humans craved judgement and that it would soon be provided by data-mining algorithms, it sounded silly. But now people submit themselves to the judgement of social media all the time.
Weaponizing demographic identifiers might turbocharge things, although the choice of identities people choose to complain about might not map well onto the salient identities people have about themselves.
Yes, and those more general complaints seem less actionable. It reminds me of that joke about the weather: everyone complains about it, but nobody ever does anything about it.
This is a strange proposal. “Targets of complaints can also come to the website.” But why would they? “They may sincerely want to hear complaints made against people like them . . . .” Well, what percentage of people seek out complaints (from strangers) about themselves? The number must be so small that the complainers would not feel that enough of the people they were targeting had appreciated their complaint; the complainers would get little satisfaction.
This system proposed above is for more general complaints, that would apply to a wider class of people.
I think my most common complaint is "This thing I read online has typos or some other sort of mistake". Sometimes the person who wrote it reads my comment and actually fixes it, which is the ideal. I get particularly annoyed when places get rid of their comment section and I'm limited to emailing the author (assuming their email address is public).
Less problematically, we might allow compliments as well as complaints to be created and heard via this same structure.
Reminds me of Linkedin endorsements