Sorry Derrick for not taking this seriously at all and just messing with it!!!
I think it was a good test of how corruptable the system could be, and led us in the right direction. In the end the biggest surprise was that your's was not the only group :P
I cannot speak on the behalf of others but I can speak on behalf of myself. Being employed under Lord British as part of his Sosarian Security force I took it upon myself to conduct an investigation. I was mainly testing the integrity of the system and exploits that could be used in the new karma system. It was a major success in uncovering various flaws and whatnot with the system's certain features.
Q. Besides being a nosey cop, why did I voluntarily take it upon myslef to perform this daunting task?
A. because when the karma system was first implemented by Grand Master Derrick I had noticed you COULD see who messed with your karma. Shortly after Derrick implemented the system he changed the settings to HIDE who had messed with your karma. Seeing 1st hand that Derrick could modify the settings himself I decided to further test the system.
So, I temporarily employed cA (unknowingly to them) and a number of other individuals to perform this daunting task. We performed a mock forum karma ganking and proved that under UO Forum griefing standards the system could easily be abused once someone could give out more than +1 karma. It was a dry run test of something that could really happen.
In conclusion, it is apparent that the old system is workable in any different forum standard (youtube/ebay/AOL/etc.) but because UO attracts a certain type of user (UO players are a different breed all together than normal forum users) the system had to be tweaked. The changes have been made and the test of the system is now complete. Derrick basically had a bunch of free voluteers test his new system for him without him asking.