5. Concluding Remarks

The First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Online Reputation Mechanisms was a success at bringing together researchers from diverse disciplines. The meeting pointed the way towards much work that needs to be done. It also highlighted the differences in vocabulary and assumptions among disciplines, and differences in approaches and time scales between researchers and practitioners.

There is much work to be done. But it is important that research be conducted now, in the formative phases of this technology and the social practices surrounding it. There are likely to be path-dependent effects in the deployment and use of online reputation systems, so it is important that researchers develop insights into the functioning and impacts of online reputation systems while they can still have a larege impact on practice.

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