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Should moderators be able to change users karma?

Imagine that you are an admin/owner of the forum - would you like moderators (users with moderator status) to be able of changing users reputation?

Should this function be allowed to moderators?

PLEASE NOTE: upvote only if you think the answer is "yes", otherwise do not vote or revoke your upvote.

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-09-21 12:30:26 -0500, asked 2010-09-21 09:32:43 -0500
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does voting for this question mean "yes, allow moderators to change karma" ? I hope so :)
niles's avatar niles (2010-09-21 10:11:02 -0500) edit
well, downvoting is not accessible to most people here. I guess it's impossible to use voting yet for a "poll"-like function.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-09-21 10:19:34 -0500) edit
I'll just add an answer that people can upvote if they think otherwise; that's better anyway, I think, because it allows us to see the total number of responders, not just the net vote. (It has the side-effect of perhaps inflating my karma score)
niles's avatar niles (2010-09-21 11:29:55 -0500) edit
to add further subtlety, what if moderators were allowed to add/subtract, but only up to certain amount per user per week? Or what if karma change required multiple moderators to approve? (this could be simply an agreement between moderators, since presumably moderators are trustworthy).
niles's avatar niles (2010-09-21 15:31:03 -0500) edit
well, this scenario seems to be so unlikely that it well may be not worth codifying, at least not right away. Of course we'll have to see how often there is a need to manually change someone's karma.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-09-21 15:38:12 -0500) edit
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upvote this answer if you think

"No, moderators should not have the power to add or subtract karma points from users; only admins should be able to do this."

niles's avatar
answered 2010-09-21 11:26:54 -0500
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One exception to the rule I have seen so far:

When the only answer is a self-answer, and the asker has closed the question as answered. I could see allowing a moderator marking the self-answer as the best answer (given that the moderator is not the same person).

ccanonc's avatar
answered 2010-09-22 00:02:29 -0500
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