I'd rather not have every random forum holding coins. They are screaming to be hacked.
Valid point. Steps can and should be taken to reduce risk. As it stands lots of folks have value stored in many sites with much less transparency in their account balances than what Bitcoin integration might bring. Holding Bitcoin (or something Bitcoin-backed) increases the likelihood of attack but it also increases the economic impact of a site, potential for trade, and even folks making a living from a site.
Instead the "integration" should be the ability to look up the current balance of an address registered in the account details section, and post that balance under the avatar (or wherever)
Right. One could even require a small payment or that a string be signed by that address to prove ownership.
To be honest though, it sounds like a non-problem. Bitcoin is already capable of transferring value from anyone to anyone; and what is the advantage to me of having my balance published for all to see?
You like social contests that improve the demand for an asset you hold? This can be an option per site. It would probably be rarely used but in the case that a site owner really wants to encourage commerce, it can be shown. An additional option might be to have a public amount and a private one.
Bitcoin integration? Just put an address in your signature.
I like this idea and it's easy enough to do wherever one might want to. Still some users are funny about their addresses and may not want to publish them any more widely than necessary. It's also a little better for privacy if you generate a new address for each transaction.
Better is a reputation system. And that doesn't require bitcoin at all.
The original idea of this thread is to increase the number of places where Bitcoin is used by recognizing the opportunity in replacing proprietary/fiat points systems. I'm sure any site that has any significant amount of commerce has a reputation system.
You bring up a good point though in that efforts encouraged by this thread should attempt to improve upon existing reputation systems. This could entice folks to integrate BTC into their economic model just to get the best reputation system available.