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ANNOUNCEMENT: new Karma system

Discussion in 'Badminton Central Announcements' started by kwun, Jun 27, 2007.

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  1. kwun

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    some member express concerns that we need a system to tell if a member's comment is trustworthy or not.

    to that end, BC is going to experiment with a karma system.

    the way it works is quite simple. the karma system is a member-to-member award system, you can award each post that you see a positive or a negative karma depending on your reaction on it. over time, each member will gain or lose karma points. we hope that will be a more accurate measure of a member's trustworthiness.

    to award a karma, this is what you do. besides each post, you can see a karma icon: [​IMG]. clicking the icon will bring you a menu in which you can award the post either a positive or a negative karma. and that's is it!

    each member can only give 25 karma awards each day. so use it wisely.

    as mentioned, BC is running this as an experiment, what we want to see is genuine award of karma and i don't want this to turn the forum into a popularity contest. if we find out ppl abusing the karma system, we will turn it off.
     
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    Having clicked on the karma icon, is there any way to change your mind and not award karma? The only way out I have found is to kill my browser session.
     
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    just click anywhere outside the popout window, it will go away
     
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    ok, i'll join the experiment. :D maybe this will be a permanent fixture here. :)
     
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    Whats the point of doing this?
     
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    Hm I don't see how this is necessary.

    It is only natural opinions differ, and that's what creates the discussions with so many inputs and views. I don't think they should always be considered simply negative or positive.

    Don't neg karma me on this :rolleyes:
     
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    One step in establishing credibility. Being the biggest badminton website in the world requires that the information posted are 'accurate enough' and 'trustworthy'. Karma points can help point the direction to those who more or less fit the criteria above in terms of their opinions, not necessarily elevating them to the level of gods in the process.

    Most factual topics ie. racquet weight, Yonex manufacturing process, serial number, game rules, history, science etc will not really require them but somebody who knows how it works can be referred to.

    Subjective topics ie. grip style, technique, string tension, racquet preference will be populated with information that is both right, not exactly right to wrong and very wrong, that will require some sort of compass to establish a sound argument either from experiments, experience or the depth of technical knowledge compared to one based on total speculation and emotional choice. This is where the karma system will be useful.

    There is no right and wrong though - it just helps to point out that this guy is a Yonex user who prefers head heavy racquets such as the Ti-10 and strongly prefers the doubles game to singles. Hence, positive feedback can establish that this guy is at least knowledgeable about power-racquets and the doubles game and his opinion can be trusted on this subject topic.

    Keep talking crap and people will be warned that this person probably speculated most of what he/she says, hence to be taken with a pinch of salt/masala/tumeric.

    In US constitutional term it is called 'checks and balances' ?
     
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    Is it possible to show others karma points and hide our own points? That could negate the tendency towards a popularity driven forum.

    I agree with Chire, every member should be responsible for their own critical thoughts. If their comments are noteworthy and valid, not many would challenge them. Whereas any other rubbish would invite criticism.
     
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    How i gonna know i got karma point???Just curious.
     
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    Good post Wilfred, you have good karma. :D
     
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    Your user status will eventually change (don't know how) - refer to the green box to the left below your user profile. I'm not sure but if it's red you probably should beware...

    I was born Thomas Jefferson's less famous copywriter in my past life. :D
     
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    Our new Karma System: To remind us to consider a bit, before we reply hastily

    Greetings,

    I think there's good karma around our Badminton Central Discussion today. :):):)

    BTW, I have found using kwun's recent Multi-Quotes quite challenging...... that is, to gather as many BC members' thoughts before posting a reply. But I have given it a go.

    And now...... with our new Karma System, I think it is again remind us to consider a bit, before we reply any post hastily.

    Cheers... chris@ccc
     
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    I would like to propose less point per day. In 10~15 pt range. Just a warning that some member might artifically infalte the Karma by sign on as another new member. May be we can use a scale level for those wiho has less than 100 posts 5 Karma points, 500 post 10 Karma pt and > 1000 post 15 Karma pt. This will not avoid the abuse, however, it might slow down.
     
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    Or new members cannot give karma points during their first week or month or whatever.
     
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    If we give negative karma and put a comment, how does the poster see that?
    Or know that one of his/her posts has been karma'd ?
     
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    Any limitation toward a particular individual or a particular thread? Otherwise, during a heated debate, someone can through in 10 negative karmas toward his opponent. :eek:
     
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    He/She is not an "opponent". They are your friends. Except you know who...
     
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    good morning. time to answer some questions... ;)

    click on "User CP" menu, it will list all your karma awards and the comments made.

    hm.... not sure. let me check..

    yes. the system is quite interesting. ppl with higher seniority (longer registration) and higher post count can award more points than new comer.

    new users cannot award any karma until they have 25 posts or more.

    in fact, members with less than 10 karma points or members with less than 25 posts don't award any karma points. they can still go through the process and leave a comment, but the points awarded will be 0.

    click "User CP", you will see the list on the front.

    yes. after you award someone karma, you have to give at least 19 other users Karma before you can award the same person again. on top of that, there is a 25 karma click limit per day, so it is not possible to flood a person with negative karma.
     
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    overall, the system is quite sophisticated. i could see that the system was designed and refined with features to prevent abuse from users. that's one of the reason i think it maybe a feasible and valuable thing to turn on.

    we need to make sure that we use it properly and be fair and honest with our feedback to other users, positive or negative.
     
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    Cannot find any list of comments made for our Karma system

    Hi kwun,

    I clicked on the "User CP" menu... and I can see 14 points been awarded to this thread "ANNOUNCEMENT: new Karma system", but I cannot find any list of comments made. :confused::confused::confused:

    Cheers... chris@ccc
     
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