Sir mokatu wrote:
Ok. My post did not deserve sub default just because it wasn't liked by alot of people. Just sayin I believe discrimiation is involved here in the "rate down" arena. I don't care. I'm staying. I'm still going to post whether you like it or not. So, you might as well stop with the rate downs at every post I make. I'm not a troll. I try and think outside the box. I go against the grain. That's where tough decisions are made. So, sub-default me if you want to. I'll be back to continue to post my thoughts and ideas, no matter what.
General rule of thumb: If someone disagrees with you, but they're not skilled with words, and they're lower on the intelligence scale, or they're just lazy, they'll use the rate-down button as an "I disagree" button for some stupid reason. It's been like this for years. However, bitching about getting rated down, or about karma in general, is grounds for immediate rate-downs, because it's just accepted practice. The trick is really, really simple: stop caring about karma. No one with any semblance of intelligence who's been here more than a few months actually cares about it, because it's an empty, meaningless number that really only reflects your popularity on the forum during your first 2000~3000 or so posts.
Also worth noting: Each individual title represents your Average Karma (ie: across every single one of your posts), and the four "ranks" are simply an indicator of what you're default karma score is on any new post (New users and "unranked" users (Light blue on FFXI's skin, like yourself) will post with "Default" as the, shockingly, Default rating, which is very easy to hit sub-default from. Scholars (Blue, formerly Goldenrod) have an initial rating of Decent on their posts, Sages (Green, formerly red) start out at Good, and Gurus (Red, formerly seafoam) start out at Excellent. The only time this doesn't hold true is if someone is so disliked that their average post is Sub-default, at which point they get auto-subdefault (and often don't realize it, which causes a great deal of entertainment for the rest of us) or someone is on the verge of changing "ranks" due to a higher end average score (Unranked with new posts at Decent, Scholars with new posts at Good (like me), Sages with new posts at Excellent).
Karma's just a silly number that determines the color of your username, not something to actually give a sh*t about.