Ok, so even though as a whole, the karma system really amounts to nothing in the grand scheme of things, some folks are irked when their "rating" takes a hit. Given the current parameters, someone can applaud or smite you up to every hour (or so it appears). If we had 500 members on the board, it might have more use, but as it is, we've got probably a handful of folks that actually use the "feature". The fact that some folks do
get offended, troubled, or in any way don't jive with things seems reason enough for concern. I like to take the approach that it just doesn't mean anything, and that's fine, but when we (I assume) are trying to grow the messageboards, one of the last things we need is anything that will keep folks away.
Assuming that this is as simple as flicking off a switch, it seems more valuable to simply do away with the system. We've already got the posting levels that, in the words of a friend of mine, appeases the "gold star mentality" that, as sensitive human beings, most all of us are afflicted by.
Figured I'd post a poll so it's (hopefully) not just me bellyaching. Also, if I'm making too big a deal out of anything, that'd be nifty to know as well. Personally, I don't mind it.
edit: realized the tone of this post might imply that I have anything to do with this system. I'm just an obsessive goober in the wings. It was meant, instead, to pass on the general feel about the karma system "feature" from the messageboarders to the powers that be.