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How can I turn Karma off?

I just hate it. It is turning this app into a reservoir of shame I want to avoid.

Like Scott Nicholson's experiment with leaderboards in his classroom, since I constantly lag and postpone, the Karma is just hateful for me and is decreasing my engagement with the app. Since I'm a self-employed consultant who works on many long-term projects, the nature of my work requires me to stretch out tasks.

The help section in MacOS tells me how I earn and lose Karma, but not how to turn it off.

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Neil LaChapelle
Replied on Apr 05, 2014 - 12:10 UTC

What I really need Karma on is not productivity, but list freshness. If I keep my list groomed daily, that is a win for me. Doing daily reviews and weekly reviews is my key success behaviour. So for me, postponing tasks is actually a sign I am doing things right. Completing them, not so much, because all my works are long term projects with live clients, and almost all tasks need redefinition several times as the projects evolve.

And I hate the fact that Karma is earned as points. What I'd prefer is simply a reflection of the state of freshness of my task management system. Chrome's little colour change on its menu button that indicates the need to restart Chrome to update it is such a signal. It tells me that the state of my app is getting stale, and it needs maintenance. That is a signal I'd really appreciate in a task management system.

Karma really adds an element of oppression to this app I absolutely hate.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 06, 2014 - 21:05 UTC

Hello Neil,

We're very sorry for the inconvenience this feature has caused you :-(

You can turn it off anytime by clicking on the gear icon at the top and going to Settings -> Account where you'll find the Karma drop-down menu allowing you to opt-out of it (and replace it with a simple # completed task count).

Best regards,

Lindsay Loflin  premium
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 03:03 UTC

now, how to get rid of the "# completed"? It's distracting and unnecessary imho.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Hi Lindsay,

There's unfortunately really no way to turn it off but we may add an option for it in the future. :-)


Patrick Honegger  premium
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 06:35 UTC

I agree with Neil LaChapelle regarding postponed tasks.

As I mentioned in another thread for me the due date of a task is sometimes not really a due date but a "remind me" date.

I then work on a task, make my comments about the progress and put a due date e.g. for next week.

At least regarding postponed task there should not be minus karma.

In every other occasion I really like the karma idea. It gets me more connected to my todos.

Mark Rakozy  premium
Replied on Jul 10, 2015 - 05:33 UTC

Looks like the option to turn off Karma has moved. I found it. But I second the above request to be able to turn off the indicator showing the number of completed tasks. I don't need the tool to provide its (mis)interpretation on how productive I am being. Thanks.