On the SocialHub, @keunes proposed to federate reputation in the sense that if Discourse supported ActivityPub, people could use their existing reputation on one or more Discourse instances across the Internet to bypass the initial trust levels 0 and 1 and go straight to 2 (member) level when joining a new board.
I just created my first post on this Discourse instance, and because I’m new here I can only post two links. Understandable, but rather annoying. So I was thinking: isn’t there a way to fediversify Discourse, particularly my Reputation?
E.g. in the AntennaPod forum we could set SocialHub as a ‘trusted trust source’ and allow users to benefit from their trust levels gained elsewhere.
Indeed, when you’re a known netizen with a good reputation, the limitations of lower trust levels might come as a burden when joining new forums. OTOH if you gain a bad reputation, this could also prevent you from gaining privileges on new boards (e.g., play as a negative weight on your trust level promotion, although this is easily circumvented by using a new identity).
So the idea is really to facilitate sharing reputation of good behavior across Discourse instances. As a global network of Discourse instances is already existing, with a number of users here on Meta who also dwell in multiple other instances, it becomes increasingly desirable to unify identities across instances for regular users, so that conversations become more fluid. ActivityPub is one way of doing it, and we’re currently exploring ways to create a plugin to add ActivityPub support for Discourse, which could serve as a basis for other federated features, including this one.
@erlend_sh reminded me of this drive-by proposal from three years ago: