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Two new ways to gain karma

Oct. 19, 2014

A recent update introduced bonus karma points for :

- Submitting content from a new website (never submitted before) +25 pts
- Flagging articles that subsequently get removed +5 pts

ManageWP.org has been devoted to being the voice and the pulse of the community. So far it helped discover over 1,300 websites and authors whose voice might otherwise would not be heard in the wider WordPress community and I feel it is one of the biggest strengths of this site. That is why I feel that we should incentivize discovery of these voices and each new website discovery will yield 25 karma points.

The second important feature of this website has been the quality of the content that we as a community push forward. Being active in not only upvoting but also flagging the content that you think does not belong here helps improve the overall quality of the site for everyone.

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Bello Niyi

Welcome Addition, especially the first one.

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Shivani Patel

The second one will result in filtering out trash quickly. Great

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Tom Harrigan

What is the point of Karma? Karma and Vote Strength look to be independent of each other, and from what I can tell, Vote Strength is the only thing that matters ( Members page is sorted by Vote Strength, post submissions use Vote Strength ).

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Vladimir Prelovac

They are related - Karma divided by (roughy) the sum of your upvotes and shares gives vote strength.

Vote strength is how many times your upvote is stronger then a new user's upvote.

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Tom Harrigan

Thanks :)

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Mickey Kay

Ever thought about awarding folks who post a lot, and who have good quality postings. So it could be some formula like:

bonus for posting frenquency = (frequency - avg. frequency) * (upvote/quality - avg. upvotes/quality)

Not sure if this is already factored in some how, but I do think it's nice to award those folks who are posting every day. Although I guess they're already accruing more upvotes and karma - maybe no need for the extra bonus? Thoughts?

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Tom Harrigan

I'd be weary of postings becoming quantity over quality. There's a limited amount of quality news occurring in WP on a daily basis. As is, a decent percentage of postings get very little action, not that that means they're necessarily low quality, it could also just mean that the subset of the WordPress community that is active on this site doesn't have a taste for certain kinds of posts (ie. too technical, too beginner, too awesome, etc.).

Karma should be given to reinforce desired behavior that strengthens this community. Right now, I think an increase in comments would be one of the most beneficial things for the community. Both in "discussions" as well as comments on posts, actually 'seeing' each other would be beneficial. On communities like Hacker News and Inbound.org, I think half of the value is directly from hearing the community reaction to posted content.

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Vladimir Prelovac

I second that. We are seeing more and more activity in the comment area which is great for the site.

The recent karma bonuses encourage two activities we want - discover new great authors and remove low quality stuff.

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WP Growth

I just discovered this site love what you are doing. I usually use flipboard to get all my WP feed.
Have you guys got an app ?

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Vladimir Prelovac

Not yet :)

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WP Growth

This site is still great for when I am on the PC. You have a very interesting setup here also which I admire... I have yet to come across any spam thus far..keep rocking :)

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Ahmad Awais

Lovely concept of engaging community.

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Success With WP

Just curious to know what the community considers low quality postings. This could be subjective to the person viewing the content. Are they any guidelines or specific types of posts that would be considered less favorable for posting? Any thoughts?

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Michael Musgrove

Probably just spammy, or low-value posts with "empty" content. It's probably one of those things that's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.

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BloggerOutline

ahan, great concept sir, i would like to remove all the spammy contents from here.

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Surender Singh

Great way to increase karma points...

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