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Why is karma not awarded for Wiki posts? [answered]

asked 2015-01-20 20:56:54 +0300

bennypr0fane gravatar image

This is a bit counterintutive to the way I understand this site. The way I see it, Wiki posts are for gathering knowledge, giving structure to informations that is otherwise scattered across the community. Therefor, making a Wiki post is potentially more altruistic in nature and more oriented towards the community goals? Shouldn't that be rewarded?

Normal question can be entirely individual, and while this site is obviously also for this purpose, getting them answered they may sometimes serve only the person who asked them, or very few anyway. Also, why do some Wiki authors point out that they are not getting karma from votes gathered by that post? It's not like I mind anyone getting Karma for doing useful things - but the opposite!

(on a side note, it says "many others will be able to edit the post": that's equally true for normal questions! :-) )

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do you want more karma?

virgi26 ( 2015-01-20 21:34:49 +0300 )edit

How would you specify who gets karma if there are 20 contributors? Someone came up with the subject, another guy/girl added context, while others might have just fixed typos.

Okw ( 2015-01-20 21:56:37 +0300 )edit

I would suggest to go about it the same way as with other posts. They get karma for upvoted questions, comments and answers. Many normal questions have dozens of contributors, they can all get karma for useful comments and answers - why not for wikis? I really don't see the difference.

bennypr0fane ( 2015-01-20 22:49:32 +0300 )edit

@bennypr0fane - Makes it easy to manipulate the system to get Karma then. Karma's do give you extra privileges. So if Wikis gave Karmas to everyone who contributed to it, all I would have to do to get some effortless karma would be to just do some minor editing to some wiki with high karma rating and reap the karma.

sifartech ( 2015-01-21 00:22:45 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-20 22:37:33 +0300

chemist gravatar image

Wiki posts do not have an owner therefor they do not increase karma - or do you want the last person changing something have the karma till the next one changes something?

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Well then the question is why don't they have owners? For your second question, my above comment applies too. Karma is awarded when people upvote or favorite something.

bennypr0fane ( 2015-01-20 22:51:49 +0300 )edit

So someone asks a question, that evolves to a wiki as the OP is not doing anymore than updating what others write to him so he sets it free... then you get around and update that wiki with all your knowledge and the wiki becomes the one to rule them all wiki on together - gets upvoted >500 times and the OP gets +5k karma for asking a good question which is at that point irrelevant already?

The current setup takes wikis out of the game for a good reason - people started voting threads earning them a lot of karma... I don't say intentional but always keep abuse of such system in mind.

chemist ( 2015-01-21 02:08:56 +0300 )edit

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