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I have noticed that if you edit your own answer, it gives you Karma points. Does it make sense? Not in my case where I edited the answer to fix a grammar mistake!
What is the value behind this?
I don't think it's a good idea, in fact I dropped a link to the guy in charge of a.a.c about this earlier. As soon as someone realises (as they clearly now have!) it's going to be open to abuse.
Correct answer = 25 pts
Add a space to your own answer = 15 pts
Upvote = 15 pts
Those numbers don't add up to me.
It sounds like there's some pros and cons on both sides. To tell you the truth I hadn't thought about it too much until now - this was just a system default. Now that I think about it, I like the idea of encouraging grooming. I do a lot of it - changing titles, retagging, fixing grammar. Isn't it, overall, good to encourage tidying up?
In general I doubt many people are really gaming the system fo Karma, are they? Am I just being naive?
I don't see any point in gaming the system like that. Until I saw you can get a t-shirt :p
As my answer indicates I'm in favour encouraging some tidying up. But as Jamie points out, it is unfair to rate an edit as much as an upvote.
While it is nice for others to tidy up, I can really see people abusing the system by knowning how to cheat it. By giving people karma points for not answering questions/good question, you are essentially opening up an opportunity for bad guys to abuse the system. Say if someone edit his/her post so many times to get 20k karma, he/she can end up getting the power to delete someone's post or whatever evil thing he/she can do in here.
there are jsut people in this world that like to break rule..hence why we have admins!
Fixing typos should be rewarded, definitely. When I search for answers I the result will depend on the key words beind spelt correctly. Unless the search engine is smarter then I imagine, that is.
If I make a mistake in my searching I can spot it and fix it. Guessing how other people misspell words is a nearly impossible task. At least not worth my time.
Missed this reply, thanks to the notifications issue :) It isn't cheating I should say. And I guess the points are for editors(or power users) to correct other's questions or posts.
But there won't be an easy way for the application to identify what is legitimate. I guess it rely on the users to use it wisely. The question was asked because I was a bit surprised to see my points going up when I edited my post to fix a grammar mistake.