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Karma gains/losses:

  • Gain for receiving an upvote: 10
  • Gain for author of accepted answer: 15
  • Gain for accepting best answer: 2
  • Gain for post owner on canceled downvote: 2
  • Gain for voter on canceling downvote: 1
  • Loss for voter for canceling of answer acceptance: -2
  • Loss for author whose answer was "un-accepted": -5
  • Loss for giving a downvote: -2
  • Loss for owner of post that was flagged offensive: -2
  • Loss for owner of post that was downvoted: -10
  • Loss for owner of post that was flagged 3 times per same revision: -30
  • Loss for owner of post that was flagged 5 times per same revision: -100
  • Loss for post owner when upvote is canceled: -10

Please do not answer this question. These are the values that the askbot developers have used. They have been set after a good amount of research.

As you'll notice, karma is designed to encourage folks to provide good answers. It also discourages people from down voting, so one only down votes when absolutely necessary.

Generally, the minimum karma requirement for any task is 10 karma, which can be gained by earning a vote on a well asked question.