I don't recall this being discussed by the community at all. It seems like a bad idea. Valuable conversations can extend from comments that are already negative. -3 is also not that negative. This also discourages people from actually explaining why someone is wrong if there are a lot of people who downvote the comment. This will both make it harder for that person to become less wrong and make it more likely that bystanders who are reading the conversation will not see any explanation for why the comment is downvoted. Overall this is at best a mixed idea that should have been discussed with the community before implementing.


I don't recall this being discussed by the community at all.

This isn't terribly relevant. Moderators that discuss every decision with the community and only act when they've built consensus fail prey to vocal minorities, e.g., Wikipedia. Then they tend to stagnate.

2Vladimir_Nesov8yIf a reply to a downvoted comment is not downvoted, replies to that reply are not punished, so good subthreads are unaffected. 5 Karma points is not that much as well, so if it's really worth replying to, it's possible to continue the conversation. It's usually not worth replying though, and when not feeling any cost people would ignore that consideration, giving fuel to bad conversations as a result. The motivation I agree with is to stop bad conversations, not necessarily replies to individual bad comments, which is just the means.

[META] Karma for last 30 days?

by ArisKatsaris 1 min read30th Aug 2012179 comments


Has anyone yet mentioned or reported that for the last couple days, the "karma for last 30 days" is showing zero for everyone? And that we no longer can see the top contributors for the last 30 days either?

Do we have an explanation or estimation for a bugfix on this?