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The man makes very good points 
I like the way you think Stuart!
Karma or no karma, I trust your answers LeeE  (most of the time anyway, heehee, just kidding (about the 'most of the time' bit))btw, who is getting ads about "ask nature to help you yagnas"/"remove karma yagnas receive blessings"?
It could well be a disincentive to post too - if someone thinks that they are helping, but receives none, this may lead them to think "why bother" (if they felt that karma was important in the first place). Also, if there is going to be karma, the posters need to know which posts gained the karma, and which lost karma. How do you improve your answers if you can't get feedback? Personally, I think it's a bit silly and definately unscientific. I would have thought that someone posting a response saying "thanks" is better. If i felt so inclined, I could just sit here and arbitrarily provide or remove karma, so it's a little pointless. Perhaps a better solution would be similar to the WikiAnswers (I think that's it anyway) where you could mark individual answers that were helpful, rather than the person.
Paul - C4M has 4 posts fewer than me. He's not a newbie.
I'm assuming that the rest of your post is in jest (though perhaps for anyone else reading it, it would appear not).
My point is entirely valid, and is there to provide my opinion from an impartial point-of-view. I can do this because I am an adult and would provide my unbiased opinion irrespective of whether it gains me a karma point or not. Your removing my karma point only goes to show how ridiculous the process is.
Edit: If you notice, Sophiecentaur has -2 points. What the hell does that mean?
That's pretty good, and actually quite daring.
Thank you very much. I'd like to reciprocate but it doesn't seem to be possible to assign karma to posts in a thread that you've started; there are no karma buttons visible for me in this thread. I'll try to remember to do it in another thread though 
Personally, I'd like to see an end to this karma silliness - it's clearly divisive as well as partisan (you've only got to see who has the highest scores) and, as someone has said, it's unscientific.
Please have a read of this for a better idea of why we've gone Karmic...http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=20222.0