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# KARMA QFollow

Sep 20 2004 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
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I wanted to ask this Q here, rather than the main forums, because that forum is simply way too active and my post would probably be bumped a few pages by the time I got back to it.

Anyway, On another thread I made, here, I noticed that my first post has a 3.0 KARMA and my second post has a 3.6. Why is that? I was under the impression that your KARMA rating is one set value, accumulated through all your posts. I tried looking through the FAQs on this site but I could not find much that would answer my question. Thank you for your response in advance.
Sep 20 2004 at 4:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Every post has an individual karma value. However, you have your own net value... an average of all your posts. If one of your posts.

When you post initially you are at 3.00. So your post will have the karma:

3.00
3.00
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6.00/2 = 3.00 your current karma is 3.00. Every time you post a new thread, your "current" karma is added twice to that thread and overall karma. Now lets say you make a new thread that received one excellent rating.

3.00
3.00
6.00 <-- the excellent rating
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12/3 = 4.00 <--- the current karma for that POST.

But add the 3.00's of your first post.

18.00/5 = 3.60 Your average karma would be 3.60. So the next time you post that post would have the karma

3.60
3.60
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7.20/2 = 3.60 If this post is rated it will add into your overall karma but also effect the karma of that one post. They are two seperate values. And this is the mathematical breakdown of karma.
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Sep 20 2004 at 4:22 PM Rating: Decent
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wow, nice answer.

I just gave you a rate up so...

3.49
3.49
6.00
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12.98/3=4.32 for THIS post.

Thank you.

Sep 21 2004 at 1:41 PM Rating: Default
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never mention war/whm...you get a rank down for every time you do ^^
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Sep 27 2004 at 3:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Point taken and noted :)

Ummmmmm, I am wondering why I got a rate down though... Is it because talked about giving a rate up? I gave it for a very good reason: he answered my question with GREAT detail and explained himself VERY clearly.

*shrugs*
Sep 28 2004 at 3:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Only thing I might add (and I could be wrong) is that I believe that 5.00 is the highest you can get on a post...

Other than that, yes... your Karma total builds up with every post... the more posts you have, the less each subsequent change to a single post will change your overall average.

Every time you post your NEW post will start at the average level that you curently hold (ie: if your current average is 3.29, your new post will be 3.29) as opposed to 3.00 where you initially were.

hope that adds more clarity to it all.

edit: one other thing to answer another question asked... more times than not... mentioning karma, even in a perfectly innocent and valid way will get you rated down... secondly... you're better off ignoring that number beneath your post count anyway as more people around here will happily rate you down for little to no reason than will rate up for even a valid one.

Edited, Tue Sep 28 04:42:41 2004 by Baalwrath
Sep 28 2004 at 5:05 AM Rating: Good
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It's 6.00. Start a journal and test it. Journals don't effect your overall karma rating. You can see all ratings done in your journal. An excellent is 6.00.

EDIT: I misread the post. You are right. The karma cap is 5.00. Excellents are still 6.00 though and 6.00 will be added to your total Karma. Your total karma is not an average of the averages of each post. Your total karma is an average of every rating, including the two preset ratings when you post.

Edited, Tue Sep 28 06:06:50 2004 by Skeiron
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