We have just activated the Reputation System that comes with vBulletin, our forum software.
The point of this is to provide users a way to respond to good posts or bad. This allows the community to commend especially useful posts and diss the unlovely. We intend to build a system of increasing user privilege into the forums. At some point, for example, some forums will only be accessible by people of high enough reputation.
You'll see a person's reputation in a green box in the upper right corner of each post. Here is mine, for example:
Join Date: Jan 1997
Location: Anchorage, AK USA
You can see reputation level by hovering over the green square. Here are the reputation levels as they now stand. Yeah, I know. They're a bit dorky. They come out of the box this way:
User is infamous around these parts -150
User can only hope to improve -50
User has a little shameless behavior in the past -10
User is an unknown quantity at this point 0
User is on a distinguished road +10
User will become famous soon enough +50
User has a spectacular aura about +150
User is a jewel in the rough +250
User is just really nice +350
User is a glorious beacon of light +450
User is a name known to all +550
User is a splendid one to behold +650
User has much to be proud of +1000
User has a brilliant future +1500
User has a reputation beyond repute +2000
Everyone with 10 posts or more and a reputation of 10 or more can add reputation for another. To do this, click this icon in the upper right corner of the post:
A small box will pop up (be sure to enable popups) and you can add reputation. When the system is complete, members with high enough reputation will be able to ding others' reputation. Currently only props can be given.
UNFORTUNATELY, because we did not have a reputation system built into the original forums, most of you that came from those forums have a reputation of zero. If that's you, you will not be able to hit another person's reputation. Send me a PM and we'll hit your reputation and bring you to a 10, which is where everyone starts.
When you start out, you can award + 1 point per hit. However:
1. Admin / mods get 10 points per hit.
2. Every 365 days you get 1 more point in your reputation power
3. Every 1000 posts you get 1 more point in your reputation power
4. For every 100 points of reputation, you get 1 more point of reputation power
5. You must have 10 posts to hit a person's reputation
6. You must have 10 reputation points to hit
7. You can only give 10 reputation clicks in 24 hours
8. You must hit 20 others before you can hit the same person again. Admin is exempt from this rule.
For example, a person with 2 years on the forums and 4,001 posts and a reputation of 523 is able to give a hit of 2+4+5=11 points!
You can see the recent hits on your reputation in your user CP.
As I said in the beginning, our intention is to begin adding privilege with increased reputation. More on that later.
That's a brief rundown on the new system. It has its good points and not so good, but we're going to give it a try. I hope we find it very helpful as a community.