After a few weeks of tweaking and re-coding a bit, the rep system is functional again. Below is the edited announcement of when it first went online, but obviously w/ the new changes. While much of the content has minor changes, I've specifically denoted major update sections with a red asterisk: *
Reputation - What is it?
User Reputations are similar to what is known as Karma on many sites such as SlashDot. It is a way of rating users based on the quality of their posts. This can be represented by positive or negative points given to a user from any post they created.
How does it work?
The icon to give reputation points (either positive or negative) is seen on the postbit (the area that contains the avatar) in the lower left. It looks like this currently: but may appear differently depending upon which style you are currently using.
Click the button, and a pop-up will appear that asks you what you think of their post, and why.
Someone cannot give reputation pts to the same post twice. This prevents a certain level of abuse.
In order to give another person a post rating, they must meet the following requirements: 20 posts and 50 rep pts.
You are also limited to giving 5 ratings w/i 24 hours. Also, you must spread your ratings around to 3 (lowered from 6) different members before you re-rate a member. This prevents a certain level of abuse.
*Reputation Levels - What are they?
Various "levels" of reputations, both negative and positive, are set to be displayed when a user reaches (or falls below) certain ranges of points on 3 different scales.
The first set of pips represent 100 reputation points each. They look like greed dots: There will be 5 of these to obtain.
The second set of pips (a lighter greena: ) represent 500 reputation points each. There will be 6 of these to obtain.
The third set of pips (gold: ) represent 1,000 reputation points each. There will be 5 of these to obtain. When you have done so, you will receive a large gold star () and the reputation point count will restart with the pips, but merely add to the star.
Why a Reputation would/should be changed
Members are rewarded (or punished) by posting good threads and posts (or imflammatory, or even highly illogical threads/posts). The Rep System is used to show the quality of the member and their contributions to the community through their posting contributions.
Also, rep pts are automatically given for posting a lot and the length of time they have been a member.
How does a member track their reputation?
If they want to see how their reputation is doing and the recent pts they have gained or lost, they can do 2 things.
1) Simply hover over their Rep Pt icon (green dot currently) to see their current level, or for more detail,
2) Review the last 10 reputation entries (the amount viewable can be changed) in detail (who gave it, what they said, what post it was said about, and when it was given) by clicking their own UserCp. It will appear in it's own block, in the center of the CP.
Below is a brief FAQ about the Reputation System - I'll be updating it as necessary
1.) How does the system determine the rep points given to a person when someone decides to give (or take away) reputation points?
There are 2 variables here at play. Reputation points (or RP, which is what you are already aware of - each of us has a certain # of Rep Points based upon the post reviews of our peers) and Reputation altering-power (RAP). Reputation altering-power determines how many points a member's review (or rating of a post) affects the other party's reputation.
RAP is determined by a number of variables. Without getting into the formula, it is a combination of: current rep pts, # of posts, and # of days as a member.
2.) How do you give "neutral" reputation advice?
You can't. If you see a "grey box" as a rating, it means the member giving the rating did not have the minimum requirements necessary to provide a weighted rating. That is...he/she did not have at least 20 posts, and/or 25 RP's. All new registered members are given 10 RP's by default. However, this can slip if a member gives them negative feedback.
If someone has a negative reputation here...they don't deserve to be rating other members.
Also, those of you who have been here for a long time and will have higher reputation levels, you will have the higher reputation altering power as well. It is important to remember that you have much more power than a newcomer in this regard, so choose your ratings well. A rating from a more established and reputable member has a much great impact on another member's reputation than someone who is relatively new.
As an example, I have one of the highest (if not the highest) reputation power levels due to being here the longest as well as having the most posts, as well as having a high reputation score from those 2 factors + a number of positive ratings. As such, a single rating from myself could promote or demote a new member by 3-4 pips (power level around 300-400) while that new member wouldn't scratch the rep point level of another member (having only 10-25 reputation altering power).
As such, those of us in the higher rankings should be careful about giving out ratings and have higher standards of both what should be a great post to rate...as well as a very, very poor post to "ding".
Also, the reputation rankings have been slightly modified so that they suit the new system levels more appropriately.