Re: the tip
Will there come a day (or hasn't the day already arrived) when "playing games" to boost one's reputation takes a bad situation and makes matters x2+ worse? Situations that sometimes/oftimes can be remedied by a customer service touch-up or simple apology or acknowledgement?
Can "technical patches" transform errors or mistakes or simple human falliability into something/someone far worse?
Also, at some point, can such efforts cross the line of various criminal statutes? FTC rules? Consumer fraud? Deceptive Practices Acts?
"Hey, I'm just registering my identity. What's the harm in that?"
Sounds reasonable. However, when you register that ID and then "do nothing" @ Site-X,Y,Z+ post-registration, will that now become the hallmark of someone or any company that is acting "just to raise its defenses"?
Ergo, the new signal of "useless, misguided or ill-guided 'social spamming' = "bad reputation signal" becomes exactly what you are describing? Lots of registered IDs with no or tiny "social contribution" (at the various sites)? That is "a shallow social profile" = social spamming = points off?
If I was programming a system to "give points" for social activity I'd definately take major points off for cluttering the social space and adding no value.
Just like, perhaps, certain sites that were whacked by Panda and its earlier versions/effort? "Thin social profiles" = the new "thin site"?
Food for thought . . or debate . . ;)