"Karma is Reddit’s voting system. The posts with the most karma are the ones you see on the front page. Reddit tracks how much karma each of its users has earned, too.
Next to every Reddit post or comment are upvote and downvote buttons. By clicking one of these, you are giving either positive or negative karma to the post. Positive karma increases the number of points a post has, while negative karma decreases that number.
Reddit uses karma as a way of showing the best possible content to users. Upvoted comments and posts with a ton of points end up at the top of the page, which leads to even more people seeing and upvoting them. Downvoted comments end up at the bottom of the thread. If a post is downvoted enough, it eventually becomes hidden, and you have to click to expand it.
You can view each Redditor’s total karma on their profile. This karma is divided between post karma, which is the total points of all the threads they posted, and comment karma, which is the total points of the comments they submitted to existing threads.
Karma doesn’t have any intrinsic value. Because of this, Redditors often joke that all they’re getting are “imaginary internet points.” [However], having a lot of karma across multiple posts makes you appear more trustworthy..." ~ Vann Vicente, How-To-Geek
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Still can't get over the fact that u/ProjectBibliotherapy amassed 10,000 karma points in the past two weeks! In other words, my reposts from the Instagram archives have received atleast 10,000 upvotes, and have sparked (mostly) 'good-faith interactions' in the comments... in 14 days!!
It's been a pretty good fortnight :) Hope you enjoy scrolling through this week's wholesome highlights from a few of my favourite subreddits.
[Also, there is an announcement about a new reading experiment in the post-script. Sign up, show up :)]
That's all for now! If you're curious about exploring Reddit, do bookmark this handy guide by the 'mildly interesting' Sneaky Artist...
Also, ScrollStack officially is now stck.me! More on that in the next letter to the reader.
Cheers for now!! - Nitin
PS. Launching a new experiment with the froody Chuck Gopalakrishnan this weekend :D
Feel free to add yourself to the reader list...
Edit: Now Live :D Help yourself 👇