|QUOTE (Sweets @ Dec 7 2007, 13:38)|
| Yes, it's kind of crap that you lost your star, but as mentioned there are people who had four stars which were all given for much effort/work/contribution on their part, who also lost stars. It does kind of suck, but I assume the thinking was that if everyone with a star had it carried over to the new system it would make the new system as meaningless as the old.|
That's exactly right.
The staff basically felt that the karma system was vague, meaningless, and even childish.
The new system is very clear about why someone received the award(s) and holds more prestige in the sense that an award is permanent.
5 star members received an award becasue we felt that reaching 5-star status proved to be a worthy accomplishment in most cases.
4 star members shouldn't feel too ripped off becasue if they continue to contribute as before, they'll most likely end up with an award.
1, 2 and 3 star members will just have to work harder if something like an award means that much to them. Truth be told though, people should be working hard for the sake of a better community, and not for the sake of status, and that's exactly what this new system aims to encourage. Karma whoring is a thing of the past.