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I’m thinking something akin to the StackOverflow Reputation tab. On the other, I’m wondering if it really is a good idea because we don’t want a perfect echo-chamber…

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    I would actively prefer not to have that, so I don’t look at it and think about it. Or at least, it shouldn’t show any changes that happened in the last 60 days - enough time for any hot tempers to cool and arguments to lose their passion.

    And for the same reasons, I really like that flags are hidden until there are a couple on a story.

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      I didn’t mean that it should show you who voted, only which stories / comments were voted on.

      I never noticed that flags are hidden until there are a couple, but it makes sense. I suppose it would be too easy, if you feel undefinable unease about a story, to think “I see someone has flagged it as X–that must be it” and following suit. At least this way you have to stop and think why you feel unease.

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        I also don’t think who should be visible, agreed. But I looked at the StackOverflow reputation page you mentionde and I think a running log of “you just lost 1 point on this comment” or “gained 3 points on this story” encourages some awful behaviors in me and probably other folks.

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          Yeah. It’s… weird, the way so many online communities are experimenting with mixing being social with a numeric score. It’s motivating, and it’s useful to have a gauge for what people want to read. And as someone who would be unlikely to speak up without confirmation that people want to read it, I kind of like that, but I have to say that I could do without the competitive feelings it promotes. Even just for myself.

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          I actually like seeing who voted. It has potential downsides, but for me there are enough upsides to like it on balance. Kuro5hin used that system, and I found it a nice way of signalling “hey I read this comment and liked it” without having to write a low-content reply just saying thanks-for-this, or I-agree. Especially useful at the end of threads, but not only there.

          Community-wise, I also liked it more than just the number. Instead of “+6”, which just gives you an aggregated popularity score, I liked the more specific information that certain specific people, with names, found a comment valuable. Over time, that helps get an idea of who tended to be interested in my comments (or my comments on certain subjects), which was useful for recognizing people’s names and building little mental models of them. Especially useful for making-visible people who read a lot but mostly as lurkers.

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        If you go to your public profile page, you can see all your stories and comments, with their points. Is that not sufficient?

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          It’s something, but in fast-moving threads it’s quite useless IMO.

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            I’m not sure I follow your use case. Why do you need that feedback in fast-moving threads?

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              Narcissism I suppose. It’s not that I need it but when I log in and see that my karma has increased since last, when I haven’t been active in a few days I like to see what people responded to. It’s not easily discoverable, at least in comment threads. You have to remember the votes for each story/thread in the past.

              An alternative solution that I’d be equally happy with is removing the Karma number from behind my login name so I’m not constantly reminded of it! That would help me to not care about it, I think. Although, I think it can be a helpful aid to self-moderation. A while ago I posted a slightly cheap comment that got a overwhelmingly negative response. I found out about it from my Karma plummeting. Perhaps I would have used cowsay again by now if I did not.

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              I don’t follow - can’t you look at the score on each post in the thread?

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                If you see you have more karna than you did the day before, is not always obvious where it came from (it might have been an old post or content that got a drive by upvote). I’ve often wishes for this feature too.

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                  This is what I wanted to say, but I had a sick three-year-old clinging to my neck at the time and was unhelpfully brief. =)