I have said many times that I do not like this Kama system because in my opinion it encourages elitism and segregation. Basic management 101 no, no! It ultimately leads to rule by cronyism rather than ability.
Faijer puts a valid point forward in #12:
So, before we decide that the system is being abused, let's first decide (since we can't determine) how the system is used.
But he is mistaken that it cannot be determined? Or at the very least an indication of how it is used can be put forward.
I received this by PM on 27th September 2011:
I just thought I'd apologize for something. You mentioned your karma dropping at a steady rate; well... a lot of that was me. I think I Smote you about five or six times over a period of a week or two, all told. Why? Because I saw you had a huge amount of karma, and I had often disagreed with you in the past; so I was angered that someone I disagreed with was, apparently, the most admired person on the site!
But that's really petty, and I regret doing it. I'm voting you up now whenever I can. So yeah... my apologies. I just don't want you thinking that everyone is voting you down now (although I stopped quite a while ago, so if it's still happening, now it's not me!).
After I replied I got this:
Quote from: Searcher on September 28, 2011, 01:04:27 AM
I thank you for your honesty. I also think that my karma was atificially high perhaps for the oppersite reasons to you. I think it is well known that I am not a lover of this system and interestingly it started dropping when I started the accasional post outside the majic forum. Others may have had the same feelings and responded like you. I enjoy working out the political motives of people and how this effects their surroundings. In my defence I do know that I am often confused with 'searching' and I do not know if this as an effect - quite posibly yes! but which way?
Again thank you for your honesty. Even accepting the impersonal effect of the internet it took guts
Thanks for your kind reply. It's very heartening to know that someone understands and forgives. I wouldn't have blamed you if you had been angry, but it would have been a little upsetting all the same!
I used to confuse you with Searching a bit myself, haha. "Why did Searching change his name...?" I like Searching, though, so you might have gotten a few upvotes from it!
This can be validated by the tech team!
So this person was using the karma system to disagree with belief and as a popularity metre.
In itself it cannot be presented as ultimate proof of abuse but can be accepted as a strong indication towards it. IMHO Elitism is prevalent within this community on a number of levels, for those out side of this we either accept it as standard or leave.
Faijer, I remember you once intimating that only one negative is required to cast a negative on the remainder. Given the above would you be willing to reconsider your stance.