Am I missing something with this simplification?
Yes, is too simplistic
CoG, raised some valid concerns
You did not answered them clearly
Turning back the clock is always one option, but one should bear in mind that the "web literacy/savviness" (in the lack of a better word) has increased greatly since 2006 when the core of WOT was created
If the users of 2014 are more savvy about, safety on the internet than, those back 06, we would not be having this discussion because there would not be a need for WOT
If anything, most users are younger and less knowledgeable in particular with the, "whatever attitude" they live fast and do not have time or care, in their majority to engage in something so simple as to make a stronger password .......... and change it regularly
Back in 2006, must users were engaged in one way or another with computers essentials, nowadays they have become regular consumers with little or nor knowledge about computers per se, but are great at texting, talking or engaging in the social media, many of them are barely in their teens with children of their own
Do you believe that, they have time to know what is scare-ware from malware?
"The rating categories and reputation should be enough to "see why" a domain is trustworthy or not"
I fully agree with this; if you see a red light, while driving, you stop and then wonder why is taking so long, but the first thing you do is to stop
That what is WOT a trust based traffic light, for those who do not know [ that include us ] the dangers on the internet
The open question is that if one decides to post open-ended comments what other things need to be disclosed so that the comment can be interpreted understandably in conjunction with the rating.
You already said it, IF one decides to post ............
In which case the Dr, already gave you the answer
This can be implemented with the optional choice
I keep forgetting the username of the member that was tracked down, and paid a heavy fine and in the process have to leave WOT
So far all my ratings have been, my personal opinion of a site and protected by the laws of the country, in which I live, but what about those whose opinions can be fined in their country, as libelous?
I once rated in red the site of an owner that will sell water with some other product, and used to make claims that were not supported, by any medical or scientific research, well I gave my opinion and we discussed it, in the forum, but that was not enough he went on to post in my board, messages that dealt with the location where I lived and that was very dangerous
I am a very enthusiastic member of WOT that cares greatly about the safety of others, starting with my own and this new project may violate the safety of those who chose to rate in anonymity
We can go back to the original idea of WOT which I favor or look for another alternative, which begs the question as to why, but in my opinion this experiment, will never work