in reply to Proposed XP System Changes
I think one of the goals of any change in the voting system should be to prevent the 'karma whoring' phenomenon seen on slashdot. People who post a hasty reply right below the root node are more likely to get votes simply because they are the first reply people see when they look at the node, and as long as they are somewhat useful and polite, they will get votes. This is not to say that people who write in depth replies that appear much further down the page don't get votes, they often do. But I think we should strive to continue rewarding the latter behavior and possibly even discouraging the former.
Just my .02,