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Old 07-05-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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How is karma doled out?

I joined about two weeks ago as a newbie with a lowly karma of 10. After posting in the spirit of the site, that figure suddenly jumped to over 100K (and long-time posters have figures in the tens of millions), prompting this question as to the formula for determining karma.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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People give you karma by clicking on the "Karma" button at the top-right of a post. You can adjust the amount of karma to give, but I suspect most people simply give the default amount. As far as I can tell, the default amount is a percentage of what the giver has. Initially, you'll only be able to give others a few points of karma but if someone with lots of karma gives you karma, you'll suddenly have a lot, and you'll be able to give others a lot more.

This is the FAQ entry. It doesn't say how the amount you can give is worked out, though:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/faq...vb3_reputation
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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Also see How karma at MobileRead works.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:50 AM   #4
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Ah, that looks like a better explanation than mine.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thanks to you both (avantman42 and PeterT).

In retrospect I should have searched the site first. Thinking about it, karma is a way of telling you your posts are appreciated even if you don't get direct feedback on the thread, and I'll begin giving it to others going forward (didn't know you could do that till now).
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:17 AM   #6
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... even if you don't get direct feedback on the thread ....
And don't forget that you can always click the User CP button to see a list of each of the dollops of karma that you've received, along with the user name of the giver, and any comments they have attached to the karma.

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for asking; I was also a bit confused about it. It is a very interesting concept - I haven't seen this on forums before.
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