Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion is using the honor tag system that Dan Gillmor and Grassroots Media started last week. Rubel says he would like to see the system add another level to hold people accountable for the tags they use:
What HonorTags really lacks right now is some sort of editing/policing system. This way, the community can weed out tag offenders who are inappropriately spam tags. In other words, if Grassroots Media can somehow recreate the same kind of self-policing community that watches over Wikipedia, HonorTags will become a more reliable system. Perhaps some merging with social networks will help facilitate this.
... we will use these within Philly Future to help folks identify - for themselves - what they consider the intent of their own writing. I believe it will help readers - and editors - know whether an author wants them to consider a post in different important ways.
Self-tagging is imperfect, for sure. It can be easily abused. And I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject. But I welcome any new tools in my belt that can make life easier. I think this can be one.