What is “Karma” on Reddit?

What is karma used for on reddit?

Definition: Karma

A user’s karma reflects how much a user has contributed to the Reddit community by an approximate indication of the total votes a user has earned on their submissions (“post karma”) and comments (“comment karma”). Some subreddits have karma requirements to post or comment.

Origin

Karma is a traditional Buddhist belief that states that the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, is viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. It is also known as a cause and effect cycle.

Reddit adopted the term as a way to allow the users or people to decide what is good a good post/comment and what is a bad post/comment. Users can accumulate karma by having others upvote their post for being well liked. Users can also downvote posts that are disliked. As a result, this creates a hierarchy of well liked to disliked content.

Some subreddits have karma requirements before a user can post. This is done for a couple reasons.

The first reason is to prevent bots and fake user accounts from contributing misleading or bias content to sites or comments.

The second reason to prevent content overload. When Wall Street Bets gained millions of users during the GameStop craze, the comments became indecipherable. It became necessary to view a user’s total karma before trusting what they were saying in comments or posts since bots and new users were rampant. Over time, the moderators of the subreddit enacted karma requirements before a user could post.

Currently their are account age requirements and karma minimums on the subreddit Wall Street Bets. The current karma minimum is to have above 150 combined karma, and great than 10 comment and post karma. This prevents a lot of garbage comments and posts from being displayed and is a welcome change to the forum.

Examples

”Trying to gain karma so I can post like the rest of you. Apparently I don’t have enough.”

“We need a karma limit on this page before we are overtaken by bots.”

“Do you get karma for the amount of dollars lost on the market? Asking for a friend.”

An image of the word karma
Karma: What goes around, comes around.

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