Question is whether this doesn't damage posts in general. I believe I have said a couple of times that anyone can have a good or bad posts, someone not having knowledge regarding given topic can easily rate the post according to the author's Karma no matter what the post will be.
Having Karma for authors causes this problem, but most importantly:
Authors themselves are split into sections according to the Karma count, which generally leads to the idea that one is better than the other, showing yet another source of argument.
Third problem of having Karma: When having argument with other member, any other message showing different opinion or just different point of view will be taken as personal attack and counter-attack will be the smite.
My Karma going down didn't happen at once and I believe at least one of these was executed by Enchia, I argumented with him in the Ten asnwers about God, thread.
Subsequently I have answered to one of Enchia's questions regarding Kilik's post and boom, Karma was down, and not because the post was bad.
One and final rant about Karma:
What does it actually say? It cannot say anything about quality of posts because posts are usually different in nature, specialization, humor, mood, etc. Most importantly it cannot say anything about posts because Karma is not related to posts, it's related to authors.
As next part, it could say something about author as the Karma system is related to the author. But what is it?
Does it say about being a good or bad poster? In which sense? Is it some scale or sum of all good or bad posts? Then it is inaccurate, no one is applauding/smiting everything.
Karma is just an anonymous way how to applaud/smite someone, not because of posts, not as a criticism, just because. Allow to see who is applauding and who is smiting you and you will see that the smiting will go down rapidly.
Currently I am talking about smiting, but opposite is also a problem. Applauding or not smiting someone just because you know him for a long time can also make the measurement inaccurate.
How about this?
If Karma should be related to posts then let's use a posting rating system rather than author rating system.
If Karma really should be related to authors, make it invisible in the posts, let Applaud/Smite buttons there, but make the label disappear, let it visible just in profiles. That way posts will be "protected".
@Pulse of Awakening: I used myself just as an example, but regarding AC: Her Karma actually went down because she argued with kobok about existence/non-existence of Chakras, after it went down every of her posts started to be a "problem", at least that's the impression I got.
I won't criticize the rest of the Karma system that was criticized a couple of times before. It IS anti-social and there is no way you can prove the opposite. It DOES affect posts and it DOES affect authors of said posts, authors ARE humans, authors ARE social creatures.