I have posted in the past my views on karma and how I'd like to see it changed. Even if the system isn't changed to what I want it to be, and eventhough the system is working for the majority of people, I do still see room for positive changes to it in order to reduce some of the negative things we've seen of it.
So far we've seen several people become paranoid and/or indignant over a negative karma count. Some have complained, whether rightfully or not I don't know, about people trolling their post counts by simply smiting them every chance they got. Some have publicly admitted that they have done exactly that to specific people, whether as a joke or not. There was even a point where it seemed to me (and my perceptions could be wrong) that three or so people had perceived that someone else might be constantly smiting them, and so they picked some people that they thought it was and started constantly smiting those people in "revenge" while group-applauding themselves back up.
I know that there are good things that have come with the karma system, but there has also been some bad blood because of it, so while I'm not suggesting that any specific person (ie, kobok) "put down everything else that they're doing in their life and get to work on it as a high priority item" or anything like that, I do think that the system could be improved somehow. How, with the criteria that kobok has set out in the other thread, I don't know, but as Trowa mentioned in the opening post, that topic could be discussed later if more people feel that way.
PS. [old man voice] back in MY day, we just yelled at each other over a tall glass of bleaer. if i had something to say to darkduck, or koujiryuu, or talyn, or anyone else, I just yelled at their faces! And they would yell what they felt back at mine. None of this going behind the back, nor this being all paranoid about who's doing what back there. it's that yelling at each other like that that builds a good man, a strong man, a Real Man *nods sagely to myself, then takes a swig of the bleaer* without that, we've just got a bunch of youngun's who're afraid of coming out of their shells and being themselves because they're afraid that people won't like them for who they are, instead of coming out of their shells and KNOWING that people won't like them for who they are! it's all about knowing that nobody really likes you. that's what builds the apathy to just be yourself.
PPS. That rant was just a joke ^_^