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Why is Karma named Karma?

Is there a specific reason why Karma is named Karma and not Reputation? Just asking, I assume it won't be a big deal to change in a local installation.

Pekka's avatar
asked 2010-04-23 15:02:11 -0500
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I want to +1 this for being a good question, but if I +1 it, @Evgeny might interpret that as a vote to change the text to 'reputation'! I like being distinct from that certain other group of Q&A-based websites... (:

todofixthis's avatar todofixthis (2012-05-17 16:30:01 -0500) edit
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Sure, some people will like reputation, others will like karma. If your post gets many upvotes we'll change "karma" to "reputation". So whoever likes word "reputation" better - please vote for Pekka's question!

This post explains how to change messages in the main localization file (there is also a small javascript language file forum/skins/default/media/js/com.cnprog.i18n.js). There are nine messages containing word karma in the locale file and one more in .js file.

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-04-24 17:11:10 -0500, answered 2010-04-24 12:53:32 -0500
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I am fine with Karma really but askbot is using it inconsistently. The user profile page for instance has a link called reputation instead. You should use karma there as well and in the url too
mether's avatar mether (2011-07-15 22:37:54 -0500) edit
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