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Prolifical ENG 07-17-2005 11:18 PM

Reputation System FAQs
 
Why make an FAQ for the reputation system?


First, this stuff isnt in the normal forum FAQ that comes with this VBulletin style board...in this version anyway. Next is since this forum is relatively big, I encourage people to participate in the system. In a large online community, it can better distinguish how everyone contributes to the board for those that are unfamiliar with certain users. Also, I have seen threads pop up asking about this every month so hopefully this helps. Oh yeah, if you see one of those threads, feel free to post a link to this thread for them.

** Please note, I have not seen the administrator control panel where the reputation feature is, so I am only guessing the values in this thread assuming it has not been set different from the VBulletin defaults.


What is the purpose of the reputation system?


In short, it separates the jokers (the bad ones anyway) to the thinkers. To the people with more points, it makes their posts “stronger” Some forums may have some kind of prizes, usually an additional forum feature that nobody else has but I don’t think there is a prize on this forum or else it would be heard of.


What are reputation points?


On the bottom right corner of everyone’s post on any thread, there is a “%” button. When you click it, a pop up box appears and asks what you think of that user’s post. Then you can check either “I Approve” or “I Disapprove”. Then if you want, you can leave a comment in the text box below. If you click on your own “%” sign, it will show you how much reputation you received for that post.


Do I have to participate in the system?


No. This is an optional feature that can only be encouraged to be used. Of course there are many people that don’t care about it what so ever, and some people think its just silly to have “reputation” on the “internet”.


How can I see my reputation points?


If you go in your user control panel, it will be on the right side under your subscribed threads. In the right corner of it, it will show your total points (new users start off with 10 points of positive). It will also show you the last 5 reputations you received by thread title, date, and the other users comment. (Note that the admin setting right now is that you cannot see the name of the person that gave you the reputation, unless they put their name in the comment box)


How do I see other people’s rep points?


You cannot see their exact numbers. However, you can see the number of squares beside the user’s name where the more green squares mean higher reputation, and red squares mean a negative point value. If you want to know how all members rank in reputation, just go to the members list and click on “reputation” to sort by descending reputation.


How Do I know what kind of reputation I received?


In your user cp in the left column where it shows reputation, there are squares. A green square is positive, red is negative, and white is neutral, from a user with less than 50 posts or from a user with a negative reputation score.


How much reputation can I give?


If I am correct, you can give out 10 times in 24 hours, and must give out to 20 different users before you can give to one user again. (this is what I think the numbers are set as, if you figured out different from personal experience let me know.) This prevents people from abusing the system. But of course any man made system isn’t perfect. But an admin can rate as many people as many times as they wish.


Do different users give different amounts of points when they give reputation?


Yes, this is how it works.
- Members with less than 50 posts give neutral reputation (zero points)
- Members over 50 posts give 1 point for positive and -1 point for negative
- Every 1000 posts increases the members reputation weight by 1
- Every 100 reputation points increases the members reputation weight by 1
- Every year of membership increases the members reputation weight by 1
- Administrators reputation weight is defaulted at 10 points (I think)
- Members with negative reputation gives neutral points

Example: A user that has 210 rep points, has been here for just over 1 year, and has 3300 posts would give out 7 points of positive or negative of reputation (since 1 initial point + 2 from their own reputation + 1 from the year + 3 from posts.)


How does one get more green squares under their name?


At 100 reputation points, one will get an additional green square. After every 100 reputation points, an additional square will be added. After so many (I think 5 squares) then the square adding sequence jumps to every 200 points. I forgot the maximum number of squares someone can get, but I think its 10 or 11.


How come the monikers are different when I put my cursor over different people’s square(s) under their name?

That is another factor how to see someone’s reputation that I haven’t explained in the “How do I see other people’s rep points?” section. This is how it goes:

-99999 points = User is infamous around these parts
-50 points = User can only hope to improve
-10 points = User has a little shameless behavior in the past
0 points = User is an unknown quantity at this point
10 points = User is on a distinguished road
50 points = User will become famous soon enough
150 points = User has a spectacular aura about
250 points = User is a jewel in the rough
350 points = User is just really nice
450 points = User is a glorious beacon of light
550 points= Users name is known to all
650 points = User is a splendid one to behold
1000 points = User is much to be proud of
1500 points = User has a brilliant future
2000 points = User has reputation beyond repute


When should I give people positive reputation?


When a user makes a well thoughtful post worth reading. You might not agree what is said, but the post might really stand out in the topic. Or a person may have created a very good thread that made the forum worth visiting to read. Also whenever someone helped you in some way, as in tech help or gave you files or something in that nature. Just because someone is your friend is not a good enough reason to give reputation.


Then when should I give negative reputation?


A post that should recieve negative reputation is where someone does not follow the topic. A “troll” post that was just meant to give an outrage of flames from everyone else, or users that just fight in a thread. Just because you dislike a user isn’t a good reason to give bad reputation.


Should I give you receive reputation for this thread?

Well, if it helped you and you think it deserves one, then go ahead. If you found this thread through a link, then whoever gave you that link should get the points and leave it at that.


How often do you give out point rewards?


About once or twice whenever I log onto the site. Thats if I see posts I think deserve it.


Why did you (Prolifical ENG) do this FAQ?


At this time I had a little bit of time on my hands. Therefore I thought I might as well help the WTC team out. With a shortage of staff, there is only so much they can do….so these FAQs are not on top of their priority lists. This may also encourage people to use the system since there recently been groans about bad threads and threads about who contributes what to this board past and present.


Does it really matter?


Yes...Yes it does. In the long run. Especially if you read this entire FAQ, you are obligated to participate.


What can I do to change the world? (meaning you, the reader)


Just smile :)

pablobaluba 07-18-2005 07:06 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
Evereybody should read this...i'll post the link to this also in other forums...or maybe it should be made a sticky by the mods
it's really important this thing....with reputation.....i wanted to make the same thread these days too but i didn't have time.
thanks prolifical eng...i'll give you some rep :)
peace

pablobaluba 07-18-2005 07:27 AM

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we should make some advertising to this!!!

36chambers 07-18-2005 07:44 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
Fuck a rep, doesnt mean NOTHING on this board.

I think mods should only give rep points, cos there are some people running round here with high rep points ive never heard of before. Points should be given if someone does something good, not when some kid PM's another and says "Hey dude, give me rep points and ill give u some back man."

So its pretty pointless here...

pablobaluba 07-18-2005 08:52 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by 36chambers
Fuck a rep, doesnt mean NOTHING on this board.

I think mods should only give rep points, cos there are some people running round here with high rep points ive never heard of before. Points should be given if someone does something good, not when some kid PM's another and says "Hey dude, give me rep points and ill give u some back man."

So its pretty pointless here...

yes. you;re right. but if this will be very popular i think that statistically the number of useless rep point given (as you said ..kids are pm them and giving them rep points) will be little. why was then this system with rep made?

i think that if everybody usese this it will be ok
anyway everybody does what he wants
peace 36

Prolifical ENG 07-18-2005 09:52 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pablobaluba
we should make some advertising to this!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by pablobaluba
..i'll post the link to this also in other forums...or maybe it should be made a sticky by the mods

lets not go nuts.



Quote:

Originally Posted by 36chambers

I think mods should only give rep points,

It could be made that way....thats not a bad idea. However through the admin cp, you can make it so mods reps are worth a lot more than regular users.


Quote:

Originally Posted by 36chambers
cos there are some people running round here with high rep points ive never heard of before.

eventually those people will drop off. But you need to understand that no one here has high rep points yet. I think the highest is under 50.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 36chambers
Points should be given if someone does something good, not when some kid PM's another and says "Hey dude, give me rep points and ill give u some back man."

this thread is to make a stop to that. Those rep binges usually happen when someone initially asks what they do. However, those number of people you must give rep to before you can give to someone twice, and how much rep you can give in 24 hours is to limit that abuse. THose values can be changed.

But like I said, not everyone will use it....you are one of those people. The system doesnt mean shit now because this board hasent been up for long. In about a year some people will actually have high rep, and the people that have actually done something good. You would be suprised at the number of people that already give only when deserved.

check two 07-20-2005 12:41 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
36 Chambers is upset cause he doesn't have a higher rep.

Sicka than aidZ 07-20-2005 03:11 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
i dont have shit for rep, when's it going to go up?

36chambers 07-20-2005 10:27 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by check two
36 Chambers is upset cause he doesn't have a higher rep.

haha my rep is higher than urs, thats all that matters :p

KidSha 07-20-2005 12:33 PM

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Peace for this thread!!

check two 07-20-2005 01:42 PM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
lol How can you tell if yours is higher? Both of ours say we're on a distinguished road. lol

Godess 07-20-2005 02:32 PM

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I don't really care.

Godess 07-20-2005 02:34 PM

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This is internet.

JASPER 07-20-2005 08:12 PM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
This is war. Someone gave me a neagtive rep point. My day is ruined.

Sicka than aidZ 07-21-2005 04:30 AM

Re: Reputation System FAQs
 
hahaa^.....wasnnt me man, i just dont get rep period so at least u know someone's payin attention to ya


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