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How long does it take to make "karma" move?!

asked 2017-01-14 20:21:05 -0500

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updated 2017-02-24 21:58:53 -0500

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I have answered a bunch of questions... I've asked a well-framed question - why does my "karma" not move?

Is it supposed to do anything?


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I gave you, a touch of karma; not all people likes vote here... ;)

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-01-16 13:01:00 -0500 )edit
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answered 2017-01-14 20:54:03 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. Unlike some other forums, your reputation (or karma) has nothing to do with the number of posts you make. Instead, you gain karma by having people upvote your posts or answers. (You can also upvote a comment, but there's no karma involved.) You also get karma by having somebody select your answer as the right answer by clicking on the little check mark by an answer. Alas, most members here are reluctant to use their votes, but if you keep on giving good advice, the karma will come.

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answered 2017-01-15 09:28:15 -0500

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I want to add a little bit to what sideburns says. I see you've only been a site member for a few days. It takes more than just making a few posts to get people to want to vote your posts up. I took a look at a few of yours; I hope this isn't taken as too harsh... I think there a few things you could do to make people more interested.

First, the one question you asked contains a lot of detailed background information. This really good - many people leave that out, and then it's hard to help them. But, it's also a really obscure topic. Not many people have HDMI audio converters, so it's going to take some patience. People who don't know anything about this at all and aren't interested are unlikely to vote. That's not your fault, of course. There are some things you could do. For one thing, you misspelled "audio" in the subject of the post. Second, that title says "Unplugged", whereas something like "Plugged in but Fedora says it's unplugged" might get people to the point more quickly.

But then, you answered your own question with "bump bump bump". That's not okay. I'm deleting that now, since I'm a moderator, but were I a regular user, I would just downvote that, making you lose karma. If you really feel like your post needs to get bumped to the front page again, edit to improve it — fix the spelling errors, make the format better, improve the title. Don't abuse answers for noise.

Then, onto answers:

  • — this is pretty good, but the question you're answering is pretty vague, wide open, and really, doesn't give you much to go on. I see someone gave you a +1 for your effort, though (so that's where the karma you have so far comes from.
  • — your answer here is wrong and unlikely to help. The problem really was that DNF's "mark" database was confused.
  • — This doesn't answer the question, and tells the poster to do something else. That is sometimes right, but it's unlikely to get the question asker to vote unless it's really helpful. In this case, it's a little confusing (a list of installed packages isn't a backup of installed packages), and it misses any non-home-directory configuration of those packages. Plus, although the original question doesn't spell it out, without a way to automate the process (via cron or whatever), this isn't really a complete, easy solution.
  • This is a fine answer, but could explain a little bit more in depth — particularly, that installing software without a package manager can put stuff anywhere and might not just be the one binary.
  • — This ...
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