Karma reduction Jan 07

Matthew Revell matthew.revell at canonical.com
Wed Jan 31 15:49:42 GMT 2007


We have reduced everybody's Launchpad karma, to correct a bug in the way
that we calculated it. 

Each day since we introduced the bug, in October 2006, we have added
extra karma to everybody's total. We're sorry that your karma level has
been incorrect over the past few months. 

Your present karma represents how much work you have done in Launchpad
and will increase as you continue to work on bugs, answer requests,
blueprints, code and translations. 

Note: Everybody's Launchpad karma decays slightly over time, to reflect
how recent your work has been. 

You can read more in our guide to karma calculation
(https://help.launchpad.net/KarmaCalculation) or speak to mrevell in
#launchpad on irc.freenode.net. 

      * Q: What did the bug actually do? 
      * A: We calculate each user's total Launchpad karma once a day
        and, to make it faster to display, cache the number. The bug
        added your karma cache, at the time we introduced the bug, to
        your actual karma total, once each day. Example: if you had 100
        karma points at the beginning, we added that to your total each
        day between October 2006 and the end of January 2007, giving you
        200 points on the second day, 300 points on the third, and so
      * Q: If everybody's karma increased, why not just leave it? 
      * A: The bug increased everybody's karma by different levels,
        based on the karma they had in October 2006. If you'd done a lot
        of work since we introduced the bug, your karma would not fairly
        represent that. 
You can also read this at https://help.launchpad.net/KarmaReductionJan07

Matthew Revell - talk to me about Launchpad
mrevell in #launchpad, irc.freenode.net

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