What is it?
Pinside Karma is our highly sophisticated and patent pending way of determining how active Pinsiders are on the site!
How does it work?
We were just joking, the idea behind the Pinside Karma concept is hardly scientific, it basically boils down to this: the more you participate on the site, the higher your Pinball Karma will be.
This way people who are active will get credit for their contributions. Actions that contribute to your Karma include: Signing up, writing a profile story, adding your collection, rating games, adding locations to play, adding media links (YouTube etc), uploading images to the archive and much more! Yes, also posting and creating topics adds karma points.
What's in there for you?
So what good will a high Pinball Karma do you? Well, beside that warm feeling of being a highly valued member of a great community, once you gain more points, you will climb the rankings of the Pinside hall of fame that can be visited in the 'Community' section.
Great stuff! Now how do I start collecting Karma?
To get a great Pinball Karma, you'll first need a Pinside user account, so if you didn't register yet, start by signing up. After signing up, you can tell the Pinside community something about yourself, about how you started playing pinball and why you like it so much. You can also fill out your profile and choose an avatar or tell us which machines you own or would like to own in the future. You can optionally choose to share this information with our community, so other pinheads can get in touch with you. If you finished completing your profile, you can participate more by rating machines you've played or uploading photo's of your own machines. Or if you have something interesting to share you can comment on the articles you read or write an great article yourself.
So how many Karma points do I get for a certain action?
We believe that the following distribution of Karma points is fair compared to the amount of time an certain action will cost you.
- Signing up: 100,000
- Completing profile: 100,000
- Choosing an avatar: 100,000
- Writing a story about yourself: 100,000
- Writing an story / article: 10,000
- Writing an story / article that gets featured: 15,000
- Rating a machine: 15,000
- Making a comment on someone's story: 2,000
- Uploading an image: 3,000
- Suggesting a video: 3,000
- 'Starting' a collection: 50,000
- Forum post: 1,000
- Adding a 'where to play' location to the map: 5,000
- ....and more!
You abuse, you lose!
Some people think there is a shortcut to enlightenment but I can tell you there isn't. Any abuse of the karma system will be punished. For example, creating short forum posts with the sole purpose of generating Karma points is not allowed and might lead to all of your Karma disappearing in thin air. Poof! Gone!