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Why do I lose 10 Karma points a day due to "inactivity for a longer period of time" while I was on vacation?


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James Prewitt  premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 16:20 UTC

Great question! I was gone for 3 weeks and lost enough Karma Points that it took me out of Master and back into Expert.

I was, to say the least, miffed. If you are going to do this, why not build in a vacation mode so we don't loose points.

I can't wait to see the answer.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 17:50 UTC


This is the nature of productivity Karma ;) Please note that you can gain Karma much faster and easier than lose it so you'll surely get it all back when you return to work :)

Best regards,

LS  premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 19:47 UTC

Then the nature of your productivity Karma is fundamentally flawed. And, let's be honest, kind of mean--like a bad boss.

While vacation is time lost from work, it actually serves to boost productivity. It helps the employee and employer. See the following: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/employeerelations/articles/Pages/Urging-Employee-Vacations.aspx; http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/the-case-for-vacation-why-science-says-breaks-are-good-for-productivity/260747/; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html.

I'm disappointed by this response, and my love for ToDoist is somewhat diminished.

Marie Burns Holzer  premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2014 - 19:55 UTC

LS, you realize the Karma points are just an extra thing that doesn't alter or affect anything. It's just a fun extra, a way to "game-ify" your productivity.

Anyway, it's been fun figuring out the extras in Todoist. Good job, guys! It's the best to do app I've ever used, and I'm a productivity junkie so that's saying something! :-)