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As a long-time lurker but new user, I see little reason to ever even attempt to participate on a forum with moderation rules like this. This may be speculation but I'm guessing many others would make the same cost/benefit analysis.

1000 karma can't be a high bar if someone like me can have over 4000.

You've also been here for almost 4 years. So that would be nearly a year of being treated like a second class citizen. I agree with the parent that this would stifle participation by newer users.

The majority of it was from a tiny number of comments and submissions in a small amount of time.

This makes it even worse. You will never reach 1000 karma unless you are lucky to hit the karma lottery with a big post.

Someone like me will never bother. It might as well be 1,000,000.

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