Hello everyone! As you have discovered, our new forums now feature a User Reputation system! This will allow you to help newbies find out who is trustworthy in these forums and who is just, well, talking crap. Basically, this is a new system which allows all of us to reward those who make good posts and punish those who post nonsense. If you like what someone posted, or if someone helped you with your problem, show your appreciation by "approving his/her post". Doing so will increase his/her reputation. And if you don't like what someone posted, or if someone is being a troll, "disapprove" of his/her post. That will deduct points from his/her reputation. Everyone will be allowed to give everyone else merit / demerit points. As your reputation goes up or down, you will be given different reputation ranks. These reputation ranks will be based on the total number of reputation points. However, what they are, is up to you to find out! Here are some User Reputation factors to consider :- Default Reputation Everyone starts with a default reputation level of 0. Register Date Factor For every 365 days, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power. Post Count Factor For every 1000 posts, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power. Reputation Power For every 100 points of reputation, users gain 1 point of reputation-altering power. Minimum Post Count A user must have 100 posts before his reputation hits count on others. Minimum Reputation Count A user must have 0 reputation points (no NEGATIVE points, in other words) before his reputation hits count on others. Daily Reputation Clicks Limit A user can only give 10 reputation clicks in a single 24-hour period. Reputation User Spread A user must give reputation points to 5 OTHER users before he can hit the same user again. To check your Reputation Altering Power and Reputation, please look in the User Information Area in the left column, just below the number of posts. When you approve or disapprove of a person's post, just click on the weighing scale icon in the person's Information Area. You can then choose to approve or disapprove of his/her post. You can also add a comment so he/she will know why you awarded him/her the merit or demerit. Please note that you cannot choose how many points out of your Reputation Power to allocate to the person you are approving/disapproving. When you approve/disapprove of a person, your Reputation Power will determine how many points is added to or deducted from the person's Reputation. The more reputation power you have, the more "weight" each vote you cast in favour of someone. For example, if you have a reputation power of 5, whenever you approve of someone's post, that person's reputation increases by 5 points. Conversely, when you disapprove of his post, his reputation decreases by 5 points. This way, long-standing members or members with very good reputation will have greater influence in determining another person's reputation than new members or members with poor reputation. Well, I hope this exciting feature will allow you all to reward those who make good posts and punish those who post crap. EVERYONE! Please use this system to approve / disapprove of someone's POST! Whenever you approve of someone's post, tell him/her why you approve (i.e. Great post!, Thanks for helping me!, etc). Whenever you disapprove of someone's post, please tell him/her why you disapprove (i.e. I think you should not be so rude., You are really unfriendly / unhelpful.) Please do NOT abuse it by wantonly awarding your friends or punishing those you do not like. Please approve / disapprove POSTS, NOT users! Thanks!