Dan “Jungleman” Cates is facing a social media backlash after adding a skill rating to his new social reputation app. The high-stakes star wants to clean up poker’s image but is already facing heavy criticism.
Hey guys, I’m gathering data on launching my app that will bring integrity to poker. Answer some questions if you want to see this existhttps://t.co/wvJI4IyvB0
— Daniel Cates 🇺🇸 🌎 (@junglemandan) September 11, 2021
Dan “Jungleman” Cates Faces Criticism over New Integrity App
Almost as soon as he posted the tweet, Jungleman was hit with a slew of replies suggesting that there is absolutely no need to publicly rate skill on the app. This is almost certainly true.
Why go ahead with adding a metric that is purely subjective and open to debate? Even if a skill rating was included, most people would disagree with the given rating due to their own biases.
Matt Glantz even went as far as suggesting that this might only be to inflate his ego.
Great idea to create a public rating system for integrity in poker. At the same time terrible idea to include perceived skill levels of players.
I feel the first part is something very useful you can do for the poker community. The second part might be to inflate your own ego.
— Matt Glantz (@MattGlantz) September 11, 2021
Will Jungleman’s App Allow Destruction of Reputations Anonymously?
Another poster, David Yan, also brought up the subject of an anonymous system being unfair. This would make it possible to destroy somebody’s reputation almost without reply.
Yan also reiterated that there is no benefit to rating a poker player’s skill level alongside their integrity, to which Jungleman replied that he now agrees.
I agree with this. Have to be careful though- you don’t want anon system where any one comment can be used to trash someone without proof etc.
And agree skill rating seems terrible. There is little benefit to rating people badly in this regard in a public setting
— David Yan (@oraclevamoo) September 11, 2021
As good an idea as an integrity review app sounds, there hasn’t yet been any indication as to how malicious ratings can be prevented.
After all, this isn’t going to be a legal document where users face repercussions for damaging somebody’s reputation. We hope Jungleman will clarify further just how he intends to deal with this dynamic.
What about Jungleman’s own Integrity Issues?
There will be more than a few readers who remember Jungleman’s own integrity issues last year.
He was the central figure in a scandal where top-level pros were ghosting accounts of amateur players against the likes of Bill Perkins and Dan Bilzerian for big bucks.
Jungleman later apologised, but this is still fresh in the memory of the poker community. On poster commented that he will be near the top of the list for being an online cheat himself.
“I played very few hands against Bill Perkins, who sat in a game I understood was rampant with professionals who were ghosting.”
“I thought since many on the site were using pros to play for them (which was clear by the uniquely high level of play) at the time it felt acceptable for me to be playing. Unfortunately Bill got caught in the crossfire and I’m very sorry for that.”
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