Originally posted by Eurisko2012
What the hell is does the K mean ???
Knock! Knock! Hello in there? Are you paying attention at all? I already told you what Karma is:
Karma (K) is ((stars * 15) + (flags + applause) * 10)) / posts.
Stars predominate here. They are factored at 15 where flags and applause are factored at 10. However, the whole thing is divided by number of posts.
Your Karma score is relatively low because you do a lot of throw-away posts. You earn stars by your humor, not because you put much work or depth into
your posts. Sandbag tends to earn stars because of the insighfulness of his posts. He doesn't post as often, but when he does, his posts are usually
K = ((10,012 stars * 15) + (1056 flags + 4 applause) * 10)) / 8164 posts
K = (150,180 + 10600) / 8164
K = 160,780 / 8164
K = 19,69 rounds to
K = 20
Now, if you had half the number of posts at 4,082 your Karma score would double to 40. This is where the quality of your posts counts and too many
non-rewarded posts lowers your score.
Wats is different. It's
W = (number of posts / 600) + (number of flags / 80) + (number of stars / 170).
W = (8164 posts / 600) + (1056 flags / 80) + (10,012 stars / 170)
W = 13.6 + 13.2 + 58.89
W = 85.69
W = 85 (rounded down instead of up for some reason)
Here flags are dominant with a factor of 80 where stars are worth just shy of half with a factor of 170 and posts themsevles earn very little with a
factor of 600. (Reverse factors this time.) Here your flags, which are few, earn as much as your posts with just over 13 points each. But in this
formula posts do count regardless. They don't work against you. And although flags dominate, an overwhelming number of stars earn you the most points
at 58. So for this formula, oriiginally designed to reward thread starters, really rewards longevity. If you stick around and post, your W score will
tend to go up no matter what you do.
Interestingly points, which you get for posting (1 point), getting a reply to your thread (2 points), or garnering applause (500 points), or through
winning debates and contests (zillions of points), don't appear to factor into the formulas. I'm not sure these formulas are 100% accurate. There may
be some additional factors, but as you can see, they're pretty close. For example, I'm pretty sure a new member starts out with a K of 20 no matter
what so there's a "bottom line" provision programmed in there. I'm indebted to member sherlockholmes for figuring out the original formulas, though we
disagree on what they mean. I believe he back-engineered them, but I am not positive.
Now you all can profess this means absolutely nothing because after all, everyone here has a genius IQ and could belong to mensa if we only bothered
and everyone is absolutely equal in every other respect, or you can play around with it like I do just because I enjoy messing about with statistics.
Whatever floats your boat, but there are things to be learned from them, if you care to pay attention.
edit on 9/15/2012 by schuyler because:
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