Hi, feedback here. I'm new to the site, and so far I've only ventured into the art and stories sections, as that's where my interests lie. I've noticed that lots of people are posting simple one-sentence or less replies in order to view hidden links or boost their activity rating.
So I have to ask: Is the karma/activity system really worth it when it leads to people flooding threads with emoticons and useless replies? I think the system needs to be improved.
Thanks for your feedback SureWhyNot, and thanks for raising this issue. You are right, there are some members who do bump up their post record with one word replies, sentences that are not of great value or become "Time Expired" quickly. But most members respect that Saradas is a better place to be, if the rules are followed for everyone's benefit.
See Rule 13 here:
"13.) Do not clutter up the forum by posting one word replies, Use the karma system to thank users for significant posts. The mods will Deleting one word replies to threads around the forum. Due to changes on the forum we have been instructed to start deleting one word replies to threads around the forum. There is one exception and that is the hidden post which requires a post for you to see the hidden content."
So it is permissible to use emoticons only, to reveal hidden posts, but not permissagle to just post an emoticon only in threads where there is no hidden post. The Karma System was introduced to remove the need for congratulations re posts, and enables members to vote themselves when they think another member has contributed a valuable comment or post to the forum. So the members themselves also decide via this system how soon a new member has earned the privilege to see hidden posts. Members themselves decide whether or not to hide posts or not. So the Karma system is a democratic way for members to show their appreciation of another member of Saradas.
Emoticons used to reveal hidden posts are deleted as they build up per topic, reducing the activity of the member. Miss use of emoticons regularly by a member can result in a ban, so all members should observe rule 13) and use the karma system to show appreciation, and only post valuable comments so the forum remains uncluttered for all to enjoy. Equally, valueless comments may be deleted at any time.