Just woken up from my weekly lie-in and as I dozed, I had an idea. I want to know if this is stupid, or if this is doable, or if I'm missing something.
The UK was again shocked this week after a 14-year old girl committed suicide after taunting and bullying at Ask.fm; this was not the first such incident where cyberbullying has led to suicide. It occurred to me that there is no way to tell the bad buys from the good guys. We all know in the movies that good guys wear white stetsons, so how about an online equivalent?
What about a 'good guys' website where individuals can volunteer to register themselves as good guys -- they enter their details (name, address, email) and then individually register each social site they use (with site and username).
The good guy website then provides them with an HTML fragment to add to their user details/signature for each site which inserts a clickable bitmap with their site and username, the forum name and the good guy badge (so you can't 'steal' someone elses badge or use the same badge on a different forum). This aspect needs to be website agnostic, so we may need to offer multiple alternatives.
The bitmap is a link back to the good guys website where people can 'judge' the good guy with a thumbs up for having helped (particularly for stepping in to stop cyberbullying), a thumbs down for having ignored bullying when they were in the same thread, or with a pair of handcuffs to accuse the good guy of being a bad guy.
We don't share the good guy's full details on the badge link, just their forum user name. Then people judge the good guy, they can optionally enter all the details of why and when they're judging them, so that someone can investigate if needed.
What does everyone think? How could they 'game' the system. Would it be useful at all?