|What is the reputation all about?|
|User Reputation in its simplest form is a ranking of your benefit to the forum. Its basis comes from the opinions of all forum users that choose take part in it.
Users gain and lose reputation based on how their posts are scored by other forum participants. Users with the ability to affect reputation, will either give or take aways points by approving or disapproving with a post's content.
There are two components to the system.
The first is your reputation LEVEL. This is the number of points you have earned as a result of other's opinions. Essentially, someone can agree or disagree with any post and your LEVEL will either increase, decrease or remain the same (in the case that someone does not have any reputation power). As your LEVEL increases, you will have more square pips in your posts (on the upper right corner). The more pips, the more reputation points you have on your LEVEL. Green is positive, red is negative, gray is neutral, and black is disabled. You can disable the display of your reputation LEVEL in your User CP.
The second is your reputation POWER. This is the relative power you have to affect someone else's LEVEL. Your individual power is a calculation based on the length of time participating in the forums, the number of posts, and your own reputation level. So, if you have been here a while, have a decent number of posts, and a good level, your POWER will be higher. Think of this as how you value someone's opinion. You will give more weight to the opinion of a trusted friend than a stranger. You can see your POWER in your User Control Panel (CP). When you give positive reputation, you will add points equal to your POWER to another user. When you give negative reputation, you will remove points equal to half of your POWER to another user. This prevents abuse.
The more you use the reputation system, the more robust the forums will become. It sounds confusing, but it is really pretty simple on the surface.