What is the Reputation points under the notifications? when you click on the thread there is nothing but what was commented by someone.
If you go to Other Forums under "Forum Tips" there are numerous threads on this. Here is one http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...112408-Rep-101
Basically The rep points are a way of saying Thank you for the information that was useful to you or you highly agree with what they said. The ammount of rep points they have are accumulative with the green dots under their avatar.