What is the Reputation System?
The reputation system is very similar to the Karma system seen on other
popular websites and forums (Slashdot.org, for example). Its purpose is
to hopefully give users an idea of how respected, knowledgeable,
helpful, gracious, etc., a person is. It is a system in which you rate
your peers. It is a system that, hopefully, will make you think twice
about your posts. How do I give reputation?
There is a ' + ' and ' - ' button in the upper right corner of each post. Click that button to display the reputation box:Will the person know who left them rep?
No, not unless you tell them. You can only see the post and the comment
for each rep point given, not who left it. Often though, people will
leave their name in the comment so you know who it's from. However if
you want to remain anonymous, you are able to do so.How much reputation can I give out? Are there any limits?
There are quite a few limits in place to prevent minor abuse of the
reputation system. Obviously there cannot be a flawless system, but
these limits try to curb any intentional abuse. You must have 10 posts
and 10 reputation points in order for your reputation to count on other
people. Until you meet those requirements, your reputation will show up
as grey dots (see below).
Everybody is limited to giving out 20 reputations per day; you cannot
give the same person reputation until you have given reputation to 10
other people. This prevents friends from giving 20 reputations to the
same person every day.How do I see what reputation people have left me? How do I know how many rep points I have?
If you log into your Profile (linked from the top of every page),
you'll see a list of the last 15 reputation points you received. In the
upper right is your reputation score.Someone gave me bad/good reputation and I want it removed. What can I do?
If you have a valid complaint about reputation, send a private message
to any moderator with a link to the post you were given incorrect
reputation. All complaints will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis,
and changes to the reputation are not guaranteed.What do the green, red, and grey dots mean?
A green dot indicates that you were given positive reputation. A red
dot indicates that you were given negative reputation. A grey dot
indicates that the user gave you reputation, but it counted neither
positive or negative.Why would a reputation point not count?
When a new user first starts out, their reputation does not count.
There are a few factors that determine when their reputation should
start counting. Some of those factors are the number of posts, the
number of days they have been registered, and the number of reputation
points that have been given to them.
In addition, even long-term members may not count if their reputation score is not at least 10.When my reputation starts to count, do my previous grey dots start to count?
No, once a reputation value has been given (negative, positive, or
neutral) the point values will never change retroactively. If you give
a zero-point reputation, it will remain a zero-point reputation no
matter how high or low your reputation point values become.What are good reasons to leave positive reputation?
Reputation should be given to people who post meaningful, helpful, and
thoughful posts. Any post that contributes to the thread in a positive
way probably deserves positive reputation. This does not mean that you
agree with what was said; the point brought up may be completely
opposite to what you believe, but it may be a good point nonetheless,
and worthy of a pat on the back. Giving positive reputation to someone
because they are your friend and deserve to have a few more green dots
next to their name isn't a good reason to give positive reputation.What are good reasons to leave negative reputation?
Negative reputation should be given if the person is posting something
that detracts from the conversation. If the post is rude,
inappropriate, breaks forum rules, is not gracious, etc; these are all
good reasons to give negative reputation. If you have a personal grudge
with someone, it is not appropriate to give them negative reputation
without reason. Giving negative reputation because you don't agree with
what was said is not an appropraite use of the reputation system.
People are entitled to their own opinions, and just because you don't
agree doesn't mean the user was wrong or not contributing to the
conversation.Do I have to participate in the reputation system?
The reputation system is completely optional. But, by participating in
discussion in our forums you are eligible to receive positive and
negative reputation points from other users. You are not obligated to
do so for others. However, the more people that use the system, the
better and more reliable it becomes.