I am relatively new to forum life and as such I am unfamiliar with the 'karma' rating next to people's names. I see that most people rank 0, whereas others range up to 9 (I haven't yet seen higher than this).
I would like to the following: what is the point of this rating, how it is assigned and who assigns it? How does it help you in a forum environment? I assume it is subjectively assigned by an individual or individuals?
I know its a random question, but I don't like seeing stuff I don't quite understand