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Karma 1.5 has arrived and I love it!

Karma 1.5 for Confluence now comes with a set of brand new features and we are really happy about their implementation.


I’ll gladly admit it – I’m a Confluence fan and power user! I use Confluence for docu­men­ta­tion, plan­ning as well as the orga­niz­a­tion of my team and my pro­jects in mar­ke­ting. It’s hard to say if that is the rea­son why I scored second place in Communardo’s  Karma-ranking (eter­nal) or if I became acquain­ted Germany-Flag-iconwith Confluence so quickly because of Karma. In any case, I got up to speed with this add on really fast and I just love it. The new ver­sion 1.5 now comes with a set of brand new fea­tures that some might know from the Social Media world and I am really happy about their implementation.

Karma stands for Gamification

To unde­re­sti­mate gami­fi­ca­tion would be wrong. Gamification means moti­va­tion, incen­tive, onboar­ding and having a con­sis­tent con­nec­tion to col­leagues, even if they’re not sit­ting in the same room (see my webi­nar on gami­fi­ca­tion 30.07.2015 in German).

So gami­fi­ca­tion is really use­ful in many ways and areas, … but, and here comes the but … only if you know how gami­fi­ca­tion actually works and if you use it focu­sed and pur­po­sely. And that’s exactly where Karma has almost no limits in its con­fi­gu­ra­tion pos­si­bi­li­ties. How many points I get for which acti­vi­ties in Confluence, what bad­ges and medals there are, that’s up to the sys­tem admin in coor­di­na­tion with manage­ment, the cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tion or the works council.

When adjus­ted cor­rectly Karma brings suc­cess. The wiki gar­de­ners (that’s how we lovin­gly call the Confluence users) create pages, link them to one ano­t­her, use labels or make comments directly on the page. That is how using and struc­tu­ring con­tent in Confluence can be opti­mi­zed and new users can quickly learn how to use wiki.

Karma 1.5 offers new Features

And up until now I’ve been mis­sing those new fea­tures, espe­cially as they are all on social com­mu­nities and forums.

Karma - overview with Challenge cups

Ranking wit­hin a set time frame

Karma natu­rally ranks those employees in the lead who have been working with the sys­tem for a lon­ger period of time. That’s because it takes time to collect points. So in order to give every employee the equal oppor­tu­nity and the moti­va­tion to head out front and be in the lead, to really get things exci­ting and make it more com­pe­ti­tive, it is now pos­si­ble to set a time frame for ran­king. This could be wee­kly, daily or mon­thly and win­ners can be selec­ted based on the cho­sen period.

That way new­bies can finally enjoy that sweet taste of lea­ding the ran­king too.

Karma Leader Trophy

Screenshots _Challenge Cups

The new ver­sion now enab­les employees who ear­ned the most Karma-Points in a cer­tain time frame through acti­vi­ties in Confluence to be awar­ded. They are auto­ma­ti­cally rewar­ded with a vir­tual chal­lenge cup, which then has to be pas­sed to the new win­ner who earns more points in the same time frame.

The effects of the new fea­tures are clear:

  • moti­va­tion boost through a rewards system
  • under­stan­ding and using Confluence better
  • Taking advan­tage and explo­ring more of Confluence’s potential

We get a lot of feed­back from Karma users with inte­res­ting ideas which we inte­grate into every new release. So watch this space for what the next update will have in store!

>> Test Karma for free for 30 days! What are you wai­t­ing for?


1. Dezember 2015


I read about your Add-On Karma for Confluence and I'm very inte­res­ted. We have an inter­nal rewar­ding sys­tem, which allows employees to give points to other employees based on extra­or­di­nary per­for­man­ces or cri­ti­cal help. Since we star­ted using Confluence it would be nice to inte­grate this (obso­lete) sys­tem in it. Karma for Confluence with his medals is what we are loo­king for (we are not inte­res­ted in the other acti­vity rewards, for now). 

What we would like to know is, if it's pos­si­ble to award dif­fe­rent points for dif­fe­rent medals and to have some sort of detailed ran­king (user, how many points, which medals and how many, for a dif­fe­rent peri­ods of time, etc.)

Thank You in advance for Your Reply (if you want, You can reply in German.. it should be also be easier for me)

Best regards and, since it's almost the 25th, I wish You merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Remo Poretti

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Hallo Remo,

vie­len Dank für Ihr Interesse an unse­rem Add-on. Gerne erläu­tere ich die bestehen­den Karma-Optionen etwas näher. Hier einige Details zu den Konfigurationsmöglichkeiten von Karma for Confluence:

Wenn Sie ledig­lich an den Medals inter­es­siert sind, haben Sie die Option die ande­ren "Karma Events" zu deak­ti­vie­ren. Damit erhal­ten Ihre User keine Punkte für z.B. das Editieren einer Confluence-Seite oder das Hinterlassen eines Kommentars.
(Weiterführende Informationen zum Deaktivieren der Karma Events sind in der Dokumentation zu finden.)

Eine Übersicht der Karma-Punkte mit User-Ranking ist bereits Teil von Karma for Confluence. In der Karma-Übersicht wer­den detail­lierte Informationen zu den Karmapunkten ange­zeigt sowie ein Ranking aller User, das man nach dem aktu­el­len Tag, der Woche, dem Monat, dem Jahr und dem gesam­ten Zeitraum fil­tern kann, wäh­rend dem Karma for Confluence aktiv war.
Diese "Karma Overview" kön­nen Sie sich hier ansehen. 

Zudem ist das Makro "Karma Ranking" Teil unse­res Add-ons, das Sie in belie­bige Confluence-Seiten ein­bin­den kön­nen. Dieses Makro lässt sich auf ein­zelne User beschrän­ken (sodass das Ranking z.B. auf ein bestimm­tes Team ein­ge­schränkt wer­den kann) oder es kann alle User zei­gen. Einen Eindruck von der Makro-Ansicht kön­nen sich hier verschaffen.

Verschiedene Punkte für ver­schie­dene Medaillen zu ver­ge­ben, ist der­zeit noch nicht Teil der Karma-Funktionalität. Wir hal­ten die Option jedoch für eine sehr gute Erweiterung unse­res Add-ons und haben sie bereits als Anforderung erfasst. Diese Anforderung ist noch nicht für ein Release auf­ge­plant. Sie fin­den Sie hier in unse­rem JIRA:
Ich habe in Ihrem Namen für die Anforderung abge­stimmt, um deren Gewichtung zu erhöhen.

Die gesam­mel­ten Votes (in Form der erwähn­ten Usertickets u.ä. in den Kommentaren) hel­fen uns das öffent­li­che Interesse an der jewei­li­gen Anforderung ein­zu­schät­zen und Ressourcen für zukünf­tige Entwicklung einzuteilen.

Ich hoffe, diese Informationen hel­fen Ihnen wei­ter. Gerne beant­wor­ten wir Fragen, die mög­li­cher­weise noch offen geblie­ben sind. Wenn Sie den Support direkt kon­tak­tie­ren möch­ten, sen­den Sie ein­fach eine E‑Mail an pro­ducts [at] communardo [Punkt] de.

Mit weih­nacht­li­chen Grüßen

Communardo Support Team

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