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February 12, 2008

Followup: Second GiveWell founder admits deception

Earlier I noted that the founder of nonprofit GiveWell had been demoted and financially penalized when it was learned that he used a pseudonym online to recommend his own organization. The New York Times reports today that a second founder has admitted he also used a false name in an online posting recommending GiveWell.

These are provocative examples of the manipulation problem --- one species of managing the quality of user-contributed content --- because GiveWell's business is evaluating the reliability and quality of other nonprofits in order to provide advice on where to give one's charitable donations.

Posted by jmm at February 12, 2008 03:50 PM

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