Enhanced KARMA system
Dear SqueezeQueens members,
Apologies for the short time I had to put forum offline tonight. We work hard behind the scenes to try and improve our forum, and I needed all public access to be off the server to perform some core forum modifications to install our new enhanced karma system.
First, what is karma? If you're new to forums, karma (giving karma) is basically a way of showing appreciation for other fellow member contributions. It is a way of saying thanks for their time and effort to share stuff with the community.
You give thanks/karma for posts you like. If someone shares a nice set of pictures, a good movie clip you'll enjoy, makes some great points in discussion topics, you click the 'Give Thanks/Karma' link below their username (or the thumb-up icon on the post's right hand side) to say you approve such post and thank the poster for a great contribution.
Not only is thanking for something you're given a basic courtesy, doing so makes the poster feel all warm and cozy inside and motivates him/her to post more
Until now we ran a pretty basic karma system, that only tracked the total number of member karma, plus the total per post. With the new system installed today, we have a way of showing who gives karma to whom, where, and when.
It also works as a 'Likes' system you might know from other boards.... on the posts' right hand side, it says how many thanks/karma the post received. If you click on it, it will show you who and when thanked for that post.
All your karmas given / received can be seen in your Profile. You can see others' karma logs too. We may even use how much karma a user's given and received as one of the guidance parameters for HQ approvals (warning though: abusing it will only get you kicked out)
Another new thing is when you now click to 'Give Thanks/Karma', you fill in a little thank-you note that the karma receivers will see in their karma logs. This could be turned off... ie., you'd only click to give the point and no typing.. but I'm thinking, this can give a chance to say those "Thanks for a great contribution!" one-liners in a better place than cluttering the forum with such posts (although, you can still thank both ways of course!). Feel free to let us know your thought or preference. Btw - if you don't want to type in anything, just fill in a blank by hitting the space button.
One last note: Next to the familiar thumb-up icon on the posts' right hand side that used to (and still does) indicate a number of Thanks/Karma the post received, it now shows 2 numbers.
The first one shows how many thanks the post received before the new karma system installation today, the second number are the new thanks of the new system from now on. So add both together to know the total number of thanks for that post.
I'll probably remove the first number eventually to not confuse anyone, however didn't want to do it all at once so as to not lose continuality in the transition period.
The important part is no previous karmas were lost. So... continue using the new enhanced system, and I sincerely hope you like it!
If you find any bugs, let us know.
-Zeus & SqueezeQueens team