[maemo-community] Karma (was Re: Quick stats on voter lists)

From: Frantisek Dufka dufkaf at seznam.cz
Date: Wed Sep 3 15:08:48 EEST 2008
Andrew Flegg wrote:
> Effectively, you have no problem with there *being* a karma number;
> just not for it to be used for anything other than ego-boosting?

No, not exactly. It is good for more than ego boosting (which is good 
too). It gives interesting numbers about member activity. But due to its 
nature and the fuzziness of the output I think it is not suitable for 
drawing lines and excluding people from something based on the total 
karma number. I hope that even with such restriction on karma usage it 
can be useful hint.

> When karma was introduced, it was suggested that it would be used in
> assessing community members' contributions when evaluating device
> programmes, summit sponsorship etc. Surely these tangible, financial,
> benefits are more important than a council drawn from the pool of
> community members? And yet, it's voting that draws the wrath.

Same lazy evaluation principle applies here :-) So far karma was not 
important so the problem could be ignored. Also the karma concept is not 
bad as such, only some specific usage can be and so far it was not used.

> I look forward to seeing a high voter turnout in these inaugral
> elections, given that the karma threshold requirement was dropped for
> voters :-)

Good example, who are we to exclude several active community members 
with negative karma from voting? And there always will be someone worthy 
just below the line.


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