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17 Post author: Elo 19 March 2016 12:24PM

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Comment author: Viliam 21 March 2016 01:40:54PM -1 points [-]

I'm thinking, but not sure, whether watching average karma would be a good idea.

Or maybe some curve that would transform article karma, something like articles with positive karma would get "karma - 10" points, and articles with zero or negative karma would get constant "-10" points, and measuring a sum of that. (The rationale is that we subtract a few points as a cost of time spent reading; but we don't penalize the negative-karma articles too much, because skipping an article with -100 karma is just as easy as skipping an article with -5 karma.)

Comment author: Elo 21 March 2016 08:13:55PM 1 point [-]

when was the last time you skipped an article, comment or post because it was negative? (not that you are a typical user) (and maybe this is worthy of a poll in the OT)

This seems reasonable in general, aside from that minor quibble.

Comment author: gwillen 22 March 2016 09:04:56AM *  1 point [-]

As one anecdata point, I do generally skip articles with much negative karma. I read via RSS, so I just hit 'mark read' on them. LW users are not big downvoters, most of the time, so if something has more than a few downvotes, I have found that I probably don't want to read it.

And of course, comments with a score of -3 are hidden by default, so many people probably don't read them.