For starters: Karma mod is possibly the most useless moderator function I ever heard off.
As I said before, a lot of karma bombings in the past later turned out to be caused by duplicate accounts. If we get the feeling a person or thread falls victim to a large amount of negative karma in a short time period, we can ask James to check out who handed out karma on the posts on the suspicion of duplicate accounts being used. Duplicate accounts is allowed, but using them for karma bombing/boosting most certainly isn’t. So if someone discovers an old featured thread suddenly having large amounts of negative karma, mention it to a mod. But seriously, who would be so low to dig through year old featured threads just to hand out negative karma?
I also wouldn’t really like to ask James to take so much trouble into an already good functioning system. For the small active userbase we have, I don’t see why we need detection systems and everything. Karma bombings and the like are sure to jump out and be noted by one or multiple people. If there’s one person with a grudge to downvote all your posts, he sure wants you to be aware of it. So just jump to a mod and we’ll keep an eye on this specific user.
But ok, once a post reaches the 30 days old limit, no karma can be given on it anymore. Seems simple enough and a good idea. One which I can agree with. But to make an exception for threads like the Family Photo and others? I don’t even want to know how difficult that will be to code. It would most likely also need a Forum Mod to activate/deactivate this function per thread. Making a difference in threads on which it works is too much trouble. But a standard system that works everywhere as soon as the post is 30 days old, regardless if it’s featured or not, I can see that work. But still, it’s such a minimal problem and I don’t think so many will actually go back months just to neg.
So then you bring up that we need more Forum Mods, or even “Karma Mods”. The second is most certainly useless. But by this I can see you think Forum Mods can check the karma given on a post. Fact is, they can’t. Only James can check out which users gave karma to a post and then simply compares the IPs to see if duplicate accounts are being used.
So now I can hear you think: “Give Forum Mods this function then”. I strongly disagree with this. Way too many users take karma way too serious as soon as they’ve been negged. People will request mods to check out who negged then. Once this gets out, I doubt they’ll show friendly behavior towards the user in question. Not to forget Forum Mods can use this on themselves as well. It’s a feature that can easily be abused. A bit too easily. It will turn negative karma into a witchhunt. We don’t want that to happen.