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Old 05-05-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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How karma at MobileRead works

This has come up several times, so I figure maybe it's worth posting in its own thread, and I think I'll stick it as well, so that folks don't have to remember exactly where to find it.

I'm pasting this from another thread, so if it looks eerily familiar to anyone, that's why.

Once again, thanks to Alexander Turcic for explaining the whole thing to me in the first place (now there's a guy who deserves karma!).

MobileRead's Karma system

Each person seems to start out with 1 point of influence (after they've posted at least once), then it follows a formula. Here's the formula that I worked out from what Alexander told me, it seems to hold true from what I've seen:

(# of days registered/30) + (# of posts/40) + (Giver's present karma/200)

and the result will be rounded down to the nearest integer

Remember, these are all based on the karma giver's current stats.

So, for example if a person who had been registered 300 days, had posted 2400 items, and had a present karma of 400 were to give someone else karma:

(300/30) + (2400/40) + (400/200)

Or:

10 + 60 + 2 = 72

So If this theoretical person were to tap someone who had, say 28 karma points already, the tapee's karma would increase to 100 points. And yes, I picked nice, tidy numbers to make it easy on myself -- I'm used to the computer doing my arithmetic for me (and most of my spelling, too, for that matter).

The biggest single factor is how much you post, the more you post the faster your givable karma goes up.

Conversely, the only way for your own karma to rise is for someone else to tap you.

There are also some limitations to how much tapping you can do. I believe the deal is that you can't re-tap a given person until you've tapped two others, and you can only tap 10 people in a given day.

So remember, if you appreciate something that someone else has done, nothing says "thank you" like a karma boost.

Disclaimer: this is in no way an attempt
.....to get my own karma boosted -- I'd
.....much rather get karma for stuff
.....that's more worthwhile than this.
.....Or at least more effort!




Addition: Yvanleterrible reports that the blocks in your geekiness indicator (which relate to number of posts in some not presently fully understood fashion) turn blue when you reach 400 posts.

One other note: you can see the entries of who gave you karma for which post and what their comment was from the bottom of your user control panel (toward the upper left corner of the screen, for those who might not have noticed it yet).

edit : DixieGal has contributed this helpful visual aid to show where to find out who gave you karma. thanks DixieGal !


Last edited by zelda_pinwheel; 05-19-2009 at 01:34 PM. Reason: adding DixieGal's visual aid
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Old 05-05-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for the in-depth explanation, Nat. I should have explained it a long time ago, but I couldn't put it in words.
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Old 05-05-2007, 12:32 PM   #3
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Nice post, I always wondered how the system worked exactly !

Despite the disclaimer, you deserve karma for this :-)
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:20 PM   #4
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I wondered what it meant but never cared enough to check. Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:03 AM   #5
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Despite the disclaimer, you deserve karma for this :-)
That's the problem with bringing up the topic, it usually means the bringer upper gets karma, when, speaking for myself, I'd rather see other folks who deserve it get the props.

Not to imply that I don't appreciate that others like the things I post, it's just that that isn't why I comment on it.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:14 AM   #6
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Don't forget to hover your mouse over the karma bars to get a little quote on what the system thinks of that person based on their rating. Fun stuff!
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:28 AM   #7
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Don't forget to hover your mouse over the karma bars to get a little quote on what the system thinks of that person based on their rating. Fun stuff!
According to vBulletin documentation, those can even be modified.
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:44 PM   #8
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:24 AM   #9
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So are the user titles somewhichway connected to this? If they're not actually user-modified?

I'm kinda wondering how I became a zealot...
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:26 AM   #10
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So are the user titles somewhichway connected to this? If they're not actually user-modified?

I'm kinda wondering how I became a zealot...
I think that title is based upon the number of posts you've made. Probably something like 100-250 is a zealot, then you become an addict like me!
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:36 AM   #11
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There are "default" titles based on your number of posts, but you can edit your title in your Profile if you wish.
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:25 AM   #12
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This is no doubt another of my dumb posts but anyway. How do you give people Karma? I see how the numbers add and so on but how do you actually do it if you know what I mean?
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:13 AM   #13
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Thanks again for a much-appreciated explanation. If any of us have a learned colleague, it is you.

This may be off topic, but can someone explain the logging in/logging out mechanism? Sometimes I wander from the keyboard, or the MobileRead tab, and must log in multiple times.

Any ideas?
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