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pete March 21, 2009 06:21

Tests of Reputation Settings on Discussion Forums
The new forum software has a system to keep track of user reputations. We are now testing different settings in this reputation system. Please help us to get this system going by giving users, who have written good and helpful posts, positive reputation. It is also currently possible to give negative reputation, but please be careful with this since other users might well do the same to you and if we see this being misused we will disable it.

What is reputation?

Reputation is a way of rating users depending on the quality of their posts. A users reputation icon is visible in posts.

Reputation may be positive , negative or neutral Neutral reputation is only given when the person giving reputation does not meet the criteria to affect someone else's reputation.

How do I give reputation?

To give reputation, click on the reputation icon ( in the relevant post. This will reveal a form to complete with the reputation type and the reason for giving the reputation. You may not give reputation for the same post twice.

How do I know what reputation I have received?

You can view the reputation that you have received in your User Panel (User Control Panel) where it is displayed at the bottom of the User Panel page. Here you will see the latest reputation that you have received and whether this is positive, negative or neutral. Your total reputation will be shown as series of reputation indicators in your posts and profile. The more positive your reputation, the more positive icons will be shown. The more negative your reputation the more negative icons will be shown.

How much reputation is given? What is reputation power?

The amount of reputation that each user will give (or take away if negative) is shown in the user's posts as 'Reputation Power'. The value of the reputation power is determined by the administrator settings in this forum and we are currently trying to find the best balance. Your reputation altering power is increased based on several factors, like number of own posts, own reputation, time registered, ....

What if I don't want anyone to see my reputation?

You can disable the display of your reputation by going to your User Panel and selecting Edit Options. On this page you will find a check box labelled 'Show Your Reputation Level'. Un-checking this box will remove the display of your reputation and replace it with the Reputation Disabled icon. You can still give and receive reputation while your reputation display is disabled.

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