The new Karma system

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We recently and quietly brought out our current karma system out of the bootstrap mode. In simple terms, we have tightened up the minimum reputation required to perform certain actions like voting, commenting, editing, etc. We deeply apologise for not informing prior to doing this. This was long pending. We believe that this is a first step in cleaning up our forum, which is getting cluttered with questions and not getting responses.

So, as per the new default settings the below table will list the karma details that you will need for every moderation task.

Minimum reputation to vote up

15

Minimum reputation to vote down

100

Minimum reputation to flag a post

15

Minimum reputation to comment

50

Minimum reputation to like a comment

15

Minimum reputation to upload

60

Minimum reputation to create tags

250

Minimum reputation to close own question

250

Minimum reputation to reopen own question

250

Minimum reputation to retag others questions

500

Minimum reputation to edit wiki posts

750

Minimum reputation to mark post as community wiki

2000

Minimum reputation to edit others posts

2000

Minimum reputation to close others posts

3000

Minimum reputation to delete comments

2000

Minimum reputation to convert answers to comment

2000

Minimum reputation to convert comments to answers

2000

Minimum reputation to convert answers to questions

2000

Minimum reputation to view offensive flags

2000

Minimum reputation to not have your posts checked

750

Now, how let’s see how much karma you will get for every action you perform.

Initial Reputation

1

Max Reputation by up votes / day

200

Reputation gain by e-mail validation

0

Reputation gain by upvoted

10

Reputation lost by downvoted

2

Reputation lost by downvoting

1

Reputation gain by accepted answer

15

Reputation gain by accepting answer

2

Reputation lost by post flagged

2

Reputation lost by post flagged and hidden

30

Reputation lost by post flagged and deleted

100

Maximum accepted answers per question

0

Maximum accepted answers per user/question

1

We invite all the superusers as well as regular contributors to comment on the changes and feel free to let us know if something needs to be tweaked. We will also do a bunch of other things to try and make sure that this discussion forum is better organised and queries answered more promptly.

If you have any queries, questions or suggestions, please feel free to send them our way at: feedback@codechef.com or comment below.

Regards,
Rudreshwar,
Team CodeChef

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12 Replies to “The new Karma system”

  1. First of all, the new system is considerably better than the previous one. Really liked “Reputation lost by downvoting”. It would discourage users from continuously downvoting others. Can you please explain what is meant by “Maximum accepted answers per question” and “…per user/question”? Also, here are a few suggestions:
    1. Reputation gain by upvoting : 1 point
    2. An option to delete own posts/questions (if they are no longer needed) (can require a minimum karma)
    3. Weekly reminder to those who posted a question to accept an answer if it is found suitable. (Many users who are new to the forum usually don’t know how to accept an answer or abstain from doing so because of laziness.)

    1. My opinion is, that “close post” functionality is user too much for wrong reasons, for example this option “The question is answered, right answer was accepted” is completely wrong – such question should not be closed. Closing the question should be used for incorrect questions, for example asking for help during ongoing contest, very typical…

  2. What am I missing is “Reputation gain by comment upvoted”, which leads to mess when someone instead of comment adds new answer. Yes, I have privilege to change answer to comment, but if such comment has some upvotes I do not want cause reputation lost to author, so typically I’m not doing it in such cases…

  3. It seems like the discussion is much less active than it could be because there aren’t enough new users getting privileges (not enough privileged users giving votes?). Also maybe the idea of “question/answer” (and sorting by vote order) doesn’t lend itself very well to open discussion of coding ideas.

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