What is the Reputation System, How It Works, Policies, Etc. - 12/1/2007

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    What is reputation?
    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. Try to help others by giving reputation to the people you believe know what they are talking about and are the most helpful! Try to earn more reputation by helping others and giving the most detailed answers, while avoiding being disrespectful to others.

    What are good and bad things to give negative reputation for?
    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, their art, teacher, etc, is it not appropriate to give them negative reputation for no reason. Giving negative reputation because you don't agree with what was said is not an appropriate 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. If you are disagreeing, it is considered polite to explain why.

    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 40 reputations per day; you cannot give the same person reputation until you have given reputation to 40 other people. This prevents friends from giving 10 reputations to the same person every day. Use them wisely!

    What are good and bad things to give positive reputation for?
    Reputation should be given to people who post meaningful, helpful, and thoughtful 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 probably isn't a good reason to give positive reputation.


    What the Reputation system is:


    * A way to indicate your approval or disapproval of someones post in a polite manner.

    What the Reputation system is not:

    * A popularity contest
    * A private message system
    * A place to hurl anonymous insults
    * A place to flirt/harass or otherwise bother
    * A place to air personal/political/religious agendas
    * A place for advertising (This is an immediate site ban)
    All messages left with reputation points must conform to our normal content guidelines.

    Reputation System Abuse
    If you believe someone has crossed the line, please contact the Admin Team (use contact link at bottom of page) and give us specifics on what rep is in question. We will investigate it.


    If you are found guilty of abusing the rep system, you may receive a warning, infraction points and/or lose permission to use the system for up to a year.

    In addition, the offending points will be reversed, which is defined as the following:
    - Your negative points become positive points thereby boosting the person you intended to slam
    - You will take a negative hit on your own reputation



    There are several threads in the Support and FAQ forums that cover past discussions on the system


    The reputation system was reset and rebalanced on December 1 2007.
    As of this posting, reputation settings are these:
    Reputation System Changes:


    Maximum possible reputation effect is now capped at 50 points, regardless of what your total rep score is. No more Nuclear Rep Blasts.

    Posts older than 180 days are no longer eligible for rep.
    Posts in locked threads are no longer eligible for rep.
    Posts made in Staff areas are no longer eligible for rep.
    Posts made in the General Chat sections are only worth 50% now.
    Posts made in the Advertising section are no longer eligible for rep.
    Posts made in the "Special Projects" areas are no longer eligible for rep.
    Posts made in the "Bar & Grill" areas are no longer eligible for rep.


    Other changes
    Settings

    Number of Reputation Ratings to Display : 50
    Controls how many ratings to display in the user's control panel.


    Number of Reputation Given comments to display : 50
    The maximum number of Reputation Given Comments to display in the user cp.


    Register Date Factor : 365
    For every X number of days, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power.


    Post Count Factor : 1,000
    For every X number of posts, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power.


    Reputation Point Factor : 1,000
    For every X points of reputation, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power.


    Minimum Post Count : 10
    How many posts must a user have before his reputation hits count on others?


    Minimum Reputation Count : 10
    How much reputation must a user have before his reputation hits count on others?


    Daily Reputation Clicks Limit : 40
    How many reputation clicks can a user give over each 24 hour period? Administrators are exempt from this limit.


    Reputation User Spread : 10
    How many different users must you give reputation to before you can hit the same person again? Administrators are exempt from this limit.


    Extended Reputation Dark Green Count : 10
    The maximum number of dark green pips to display before moving onto the next level.


    Extended Reputation Dark Green Value : 100
    The value of each dark green pip in the extended reputation display.


    Extended Reputation Light Green Count : 10
    The maximum number of light green pips to display before moving onto the next level.


    Extended Reputation Light Green Value : 500
    The value of each light green pip in the extended reputation display.


    Extended Reputation Golden Count : 10
    The maximum number of golden pips to display before moving onto the next level.


    Extended Reputation Gold Value : 1,000
    The value of each golden pip in the extended reputation display.


    Reputation Delete Time (Seconds) : 600
    Time Limit in which users can delete their own reputation comments
     

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