Karma systems aren't that easy to meaningfully manipulate over time on a one-rate-per-character/account policy.
Yes, granted. Over a short time, they are very easy to manipulate. As time goes on they become harder and harder to mess with.
These concerns would even be considerably lessened by requiring a certain amount of progress to rate, which would essentially negate the use of alt-rating and allow noobs an opportunity to learn how the game works before resorting to making snap judgments.
To an extent, yes. I think there are a number of regulars here in this forum that click the red arrow simply because they disagree with what was said. I disagree with it, but I don't run the site and even if I did there's no way to really police that kind of thing. That's more my concern than anything with any such karma system.
"Oh, he played fine, but he disagreed with me about where to party. He disagreed with what others we should bring into the party." Etc etc. I'm more worried that such a system would lead to people down ranking good players simply because they have a slightly different opinion on what the "optimal" place/party setup/mob to fight is. Does everyone do it? No. But I'd guess that there are enough that do it that would skew the results -- even over a long time.
So, yes, you're right, the whole idea of alt-raiding is a non-issue is its set up properly. My concern lies with the above.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think it's a great idea. I think it's a neat idea that could be marginally useful if implemented properly, rather than the disaster scenario that some people seem to think. And no, it will almost certainly not be implemented, but when has that ever precluded hypothetical discussion?
Whoa, whoa... I'm not looking to preclude anything here. I'm just tossing out that I think word of mouth is a much better tool. I'm all for hypotheticals.
I think its a neat idea too. I just don't see it as being worthwhile for me to use. On the outside chance that it DOES get created and its done PROPERLY, some people will swear by it. That's their choice. So long as they're informed about such a choice, why would I stop them?
I'm not against the idea, per se. I just think that there is already a system in place. And the that system works very well.
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