@kobok: Actually, having a window open for days just for smiting is more horrible than I had expected :-/, well, people never stop surprising me...
There are people who do all sorts of strangely obsessive and socially dysfunctional things. But, what I emphasized above is that this sort of behavior is RARE here, and makes up only a small portion of karma which is distributed. Most karma is assigned in ways pretty close to how it's intended, as a reflection of community consensus about the value of things a person is contributing. (Which is a combination of post content, posting style, and social behavior toward others.)
I sitl think what this Karma shows is fame, not quality of posts.
Except that "fame" hits both ways... For example, last I checked I have the highest total karma value, but I also have the third highest number of smites. This means a lot of people are expressing opinions about my content and behavior in both directions, as intended.
It is nice to think that negative Karma will influence someone to improve, there is not only this positive productive side of the coin. There is the other side of the coin, too, it can affect someone in a really negative sense.
Can you give an example of someone who has been negatively affected by karma in a way that is bad for the community?
@Akenu: I don't entirely disagree with your last post, but I think it's worth noting that the River of Enlightenment forums cater to a different crowd than Veritas for the most part. I admit that I haven't looked through the threads at RoE extensively, but most of the threads I have seen are tailored toward the mystical/Magick crowd. Since the Veritas karma system is controlled, and affects, three main bodies of practitioners, it's understandable that you wouldn't get the same data between the two sites. Taking a poll about sports is going to give you different results between different athletes. ( It's a stupid analogy, but I'm a sucker for stupid analogies. )
Well, posts tend to be voted on here mostly by people who hang out in the same crowds. As in, readers of the magick forum tend to vote on readers of the magick forum more. But here's a little secret for you: The reason most of the complaints about karma have come from posters of the magick forum is NOT mostly due to people who hang out in the other sub-forums. It's because we have cliques within the magick forum, and these cliques have been often-silently and somewhat bitterly disagreeing with each other, and many members of these cliques have not figured out how to actually discuss the objective merits of their respective arts with each other and come to an agreement.
As a result, you have a lot of members of the magick forum constantly voting other members of the magick forum down for making comments in an authoritative manner based on some authority figure not accepted by a different magick forum member. But, honestly, the cliques doing that to each other probably deserve it, and should learn how to make more rational and objective arguments. :-P
(Everyone who is in the magick forum frequently, and thinks there is something "wrong" with the karma system that they can't put their finger on, should do some soul-searching about how to have debates in which members of different cliques can come to an actual agreement and consensus about what's true. The other sub-forums here have done this much better.)
so could I please some post rating system as addition to current Karma system?
To avoid a massive amount of work, any requests of that type have to be for an existing Simple Machines Forum mod. There is for example this option, which could be considered: http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1890