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Boom de yadda, as sung by KYM

Last posted Nov 17, 2010 at 04:30AM EST. Added Oct 07, 2010 at 10:39AM EDT
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Why was this in General?
Anyways…
Karma was intended to be a mechanism whereby the community could self-regulate as well as a social component that aided interaction. You see, when you downvote a post to -5 karma, it gets automatically hidden. In this way, users can hide content that violates the rules or is generally not welcome (crude, offensive content, or otherwise) without the assistance of a mod. A rudimentary form of self-regulation, if you will.
The social aspect of it is that it encourages user interaction. A fun feature that allows users to offer feedback to other users. If they find something funny, useful, or otherwise worthwhile, they can simply upvote it. A downvote serves two purposes, it gives the user negative feedback as well as functions as the previously mentioned self-regulation mechanism. Negative feedback can discourage bad behavior and help teach new users how to function well in the community.
So yes, karma does matter. No, it’s not a competition.

Actually, if you paid attention to my name, not my avatar, I am actually a Pokemon Trainer named Austin. The idea of a fish on the internet is insane. How would it type? Fish don’t even own computers. They wouldn’t work underwater.

Skeletor-sm

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