- What is the Reputation System?
It is a tool that allows every "Registered User" of this forum to cast their vote on posts made by others. Its purpose is to hopefully give users an idea of how respected, knowledgeable, helpful, gracious, etc., a person is on Gearheads.
This system is for letting everyone know, not only how helpful someone is, but how much of a positive or negative impact they are on the community.
It is also used by the GearHeads forum software to decide on access levels for forum members. A user with a positive reputation is trusted by the system to manage or moderate the forum. On the other hand, a negative reputation will place restrictions on the user.
- What is my Default Reputation Points I start off with?
For registering on the Forum, you are assigned 10 Reputation points by default. From here on, you move your way up/down based on the content of your posts.
- How do I give reputation?
At the bottom of every post, you will see a few buttons. You give away reputation points each time you click on Thanks/Like.
- What do the green, red, and grey bars under my username mean?
Green bars indicate that you were given positive reputation by other members. If your Reputation points are greater than 0 you will have green bars.
Red bars indicates that you have negative reputation. If your Reputation points are lesser than 0 you will have red bars under your username.
The more Reputation Points you have, the more number of bars you get.
- What are good reasons to leave positive reputation?
Reputation Points should be given to people who post meaningful, helpful, and thoughtful posts. Any post that contributes to the thread in a positive way probably deserves positive reputation. This does not mean that you agree with what was said; the point brought up may be completely opposite to what you believe, but it may be a good point nonetheless, and worthy of a pat on the back.
Giving positive reputation to someone because they are your friend and deserve to have a few more green dots next to their name isn't a good reason to give positive reputation.
- What are good reasons to leave negative reputation?
Negative reputation should be given if the person is posting something that detracts from the conversation. If the post is rude, inappropriate, breaks forum rules, is not gracious, etc; these are all good reasons to give negative reputation. If you have a personal grudge with someone, it is not appropriate to give them negative reputation without reason. Giving negative reputation because you don't agree with what was said is not an appropraite use of the reputation system. People are entitled to their own opinions, and just because you don't agree doesn't mean the user was wrong or not contributing to the conversation.
- Do I have to participate in the reputation system?
The reputation system is completely optional. But, by participating in discussion in our forums you are eligible to receive positive and negative reputation points from other users. You are not obligated to do so for others. However, the more people that use the system, the better and more reliable it becomes.
- How do I see how many Reputation Points I have?
If you click on the "Star/Reputation" button on your own posts, it will show you how many reputation points you have currently earned.
- What do I do if I see someone mis-using the Reputation System?
Now if you notice a pattern of someone abusing the system, report that post with the reason or kindly PM either tadukuttan/hrag/MechaniX/mclaren1885 with all the details. Necessary action will be taken against the members.