This Greymatter blog system supports a simple Slashdot-moderation-like option called Karma Points. Like a post? Click +. Hate it? Click -. Results are IP-limited to avoid overvoting. When someone casts a Karma vote, I get email.
I just got a pile of email. Somebody at IP 18.104.22.168 (an almaden.ibm.com address) decided to be a karma doofus and vote negative on about eight of my blog entries all at once. Coward! Doofus! Vandal!
Eh, what do I care? I don't write because I want people to love what I write. I write because I like to write, and I like to hear what people think of my ideas. So negative karma, while carrying all the baggage of that term, come with the territory.
Actually, it reminds me of the story my grandfather told me about the woman who bought a mattress from his furniture store and didn't pay for it (which I told in this space some weeks ago). Why come read my blog and bother to vote negative on all of it if you really don't care for what I say? What, you think I'll stop blogging?
No, wait, it gets better! After posting that remark, a colleague wrote in here saying that it was a robot following links! Man, this reminds of Douglas Adams bon mot in Life, the Universe, and Everything: "It was hatred, implacable hatred. It was cold, not like ice is cold, but like a wall is cold. It was impersonal, not as a randomly flung fist in a crowd is impersonal, but like a computer-issued parking summons is impersonal. And it was deadly - again, not like a bullet or a knife is deadly, but like a brick wall across a motorway is deadly."