Reputation is one of the most important factors in decision making for many people, even for trivial decisions such as where to eat, what new phone to buy or what movie to watch. Before committing to spending their money, people often consult review sites and platforms for information on their potential purchases. This demand resulted in the emergence and success of rating and review platforms such as Google Reviews, Yelp, TripAdvisor, RottenTomatoes and countless others. It is clear that people value such data, and in many cases base their entire decision-making process solely on how good or bad the rating/review is.
However, there doesn’t appear to be an intuitive rating system for individual humans. What if there was a platform that allowed people to rate other people based on their interaction with one another? And to counter spam, bias, random ratings, and arbitrary ratings, people could only give a rating AFTER they have concluded a transaction with said person, which would then be stored in a decentralized network and become immutable.
If such a platform existed for a ‘human rating’ it would provide invaluably TRUSTED data that people can refer to when making decisions on whether to trust someone, to do business with someone or simply to ‘size-up’ someone.
Here are some reasons why there needs to be a human rating.
It improves your ability to achieve trust
Having a human rating allows people to make decisions with the rating as a basis. In a similar fashion to how someone chooses where to eat from Yelp reviews or what movies to watch on RottenTomatoes review, people will refer to this human rating when making decisions regarding an individual person. With it, people can gauge human behavior and make a more informed and accurate prediction of the person they intend to interact with. This can prove to be invaluable in making business decisions, as the trust you have in someone is key in any fruitful business relationship. Also, the time you need to be able to fully trust someone can be significantly reduced if such a human rating were to exist, which is extremely beneficial to anyone from all walks of life.
General Behavior Improvement
With a higher human rating comes with it a better reputation. Having a better reputation in society means you will enjoy societal perks and very possibly the ability to attract the attention of parties that you would want to be associated with. It would be in your interest to keep your human rating as high as possible to maintain these perks. So, in an effort to keep your rating high, you are more inclined to behave and conduct yourself in a way that you believe would result in favorable ratings from people.
People will be less likely to scam or cheat
As mentioned above, with a human rating people are more likely to behave in a positive manner to improve or maintain their rating. This also means that people will also be discouraged to scam or cheat the counterparty because this would result in a negative rating. Sure, they may benefit in the very short term, but to continue this kind of behavior will result in a poor rating, leading to people having very low trust in you and therefore not want to conduct any kind of business with you. This means you will lose reputation and value in the long term. Most people understand the importance of reputation and any reasonable person would like to have a good standing in society, the human rating will prove to be a useful tool in deterring bad behavior.
Competition is one of the greatest motivators out there, it brings out the best in people and is very important for people to keep improving and innovating. Having a human rating will result in healthy competition. This is because the rating will be an indicator of a person’s caliber and can be a basis of which people use to compare each other — this means people can clearly see their standing/rating in society and gives them the motivation to improve themselves.
Furthermore, other people will be able to see your personal human rating, meaning there will be little question as to who is better or who is the best choice leading to more people choosing to interact with or do business with those with higher ratings. This is already evident on websites like Fiverr, a contracting platform where ratings are a large determining factor for the business a contractor receives. So, because of this, people will always be looking to provide the best service since they are now more accountable for their performance.
There is very little doubt that having a human rating will bring countless benefits to people, businesses in achieving fruitful relationships, and trust. Societies and communities all over the world are waiting for such a tool to present itself and accelerate the rate of which humans achieve trust and improve.