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Question: What shall we do about Karma in the forum  (Voting closed: February 14, 2011, 07:39:29 am)
keep it as it is with plus and minus karma - 91 (26.5%)
give people only positive karma - 97 (28.3%)
remove it completely - 110 (32.1%)
look for an alternative like allowing people comment on why a message is good or bad - 45 (13.1%)
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David:

What if you started a poll asking your gender. Then you can add a notice to the poll on the front page of the forum (just as you have for this post) and we can see how many girls are actually on the forum.
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baum:

My point is that it's probably true there aren't that many women talking here, which is different from the question whether there are women using Arduino :-)

Anyway that is a different discussion, sorry for bringing the discussion out of topic.

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But the citation count seems like a useful and easy to implement indicator of quality of posts.

 
It also indicates something that needs to go into a FAQ.

David: Is it possible to extract forum posts that contain a reference (a "cite") to another forum post?
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It also indicates something that needs to go into a FAQ.
and also an indication that the poster didn't do a search first.
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moderators have the ability to "split" posts, so it could be made

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we don't need a karma, we need a "like" button for post!!

for example: you are looking for a solution  and you find and old discussion with many possible solution.. what's the best solution? just look at the answer with more "like"!

maybe when you do a serch you can see how many like a discussione have inside:
so you can go directly at the discussion where probably there IS the solution  smiley-cool
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We better silence the gender issue so the thread does not turn into a flame war.
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Lesto: I like the like button  smiley-kitty, it can indicate which old posts are good:).
'Like' can also contribute to the 'reputation' of the poster for later...

A 'reputation' indicator helps a newbie sort through todays answers that have not been liked yet.

Coding Badly: Citations can indicate that a FAQ entry exists; but is twice frequent?

Grumpy Mike:  Maybe the OP did not search so well before posting; part of good searches is knowing the right words to find your needle in the gazillion gigabytes on the net...; and if searches where the perfect answer why is there a forum.

There is another impact of a public citation count - there is an incentive towards good citizenship - a neat summarisation post containing the results of a thread once it is all confirmed (ie a proto faq entry) is likely to draw later citations and boost your reputation.

I see a lot of threads that fade away - presumably the OP has obtained an answer, but it is not reported.
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Hey David, a little off topic, but I don't think it'll hurt this already offtopic thread


In the pic you linked, what's that sticker on the input and power pins?
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a like for every somment would be ideal, as lesto said
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The karma system is great, and BTW a system where you can see who gave you -karma creates a LOT of drama, a lot of forums I've been on get ruined by such systems. However, the anonymous karma system is great, it lets people see who gives good advice without having to do a lot of looking at their user history. Plus, if we ended up using a buy/sell/trade board (do we have one already?) a karma system lets people see who they can trust to buy from.
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Well it's a close call so far.

I feel that if the karma system is kept as + and - it will annoy rather a lot of people, if just + maybe not so many, if no karma system then some people might be a little annoyed but on the whole it'll be as it used to be and we'll all forget about it.

I'm not fussed if it goes or is just + or some kind of post by post 'like' system.
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However, the anonymous karma system is great, it lets people see who gives good advice without having to do a lot of looking at their user history.

So that would suggest that I don't give good advice which I would strongly disagree with. After over 40 years in electronics I feel that I am on my way to mastering some aspects of the subject at least.

If my -ve karma is a result of people not liking me then that is a pity, but nothing to get upset about. However, if it is a result of people thinking my advice is bad then I would like the opportunity to explain to them further why they are wrong. Often there is not enough time in posts to explain the pros / cons and ins / outs of a situation but a need to offer a decision. That is what a lot of people want or need. Especially when you are a beginner as you don't have the ability to carefully consider sevral cources of action. My advice is always what I would do myself if I was in the posters position.
 
Others may want more of a detailed explanation of advice which I gladly give. I also have some web pages set up to help people that go into more detail than a post can offer.
http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/

The other problem is that the mark goes not on the individual reply but the poster as a whole. It's aggregated and that I think makes it less useful.
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So that would suggest that I don't give good advice which I would strongly disagree with. After over 40 years in electronics I feel that I am on my way to mastering some aspects of the subject at least.
I think people are just doing it cos they think it's funny - what am I on now -17?
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Just viewing this thread. I've used karma/smite on another board. It was fun in the begining, then I devised the Smite 'O' Matic to automate the smiting of a particular target. It was just left running and repeatedly decreased (or increased) a users karma. The forum had restrictions on how often you could smite someone so took a little while to work. Taking someone down to -400 then back up to +200 over a weekend was quite funny at the time and generated a lot of conversation about it. Using mutliple scripts caused it to operate faster as each was logged in as a different user. After a few weeks it got boring and eventually the admins removed the karma options.

If used properly the karma system can be good and would indicate that a user was helpful in their posts or posted intelligent, well thought out questions or requests. Anything else isnt going to help much.

Just my 50p worth (inflation!)

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