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    Default Rep System User's Guide

    In an effort to reduce repeat posts and help inform new members and forum veterans alike, here is a guide to the Rep System. Perhaps we can make it a sticky in this section?

    What is the Rep System?


    The Rep (Reputation) System is a way of allowing forum members to rate each other's posts. If someone makes a helpful or entertaining post, they may be given a positive rating by other members who feel it was beneficial to the forum. Similarly, negative ratings can be given for bad posts. Members can see their accumulated rep in the User CP.



    How Does It Work?

    Each member has a rep score and a rep power rating:

    Rep Score - The total number of rep points you have. When a member gives you a positive rating, your total goes up, and it goes down with negative ratings. Your Rep Score is only visible to you and can be found in your User CP.

    Rep Power - This is the amount you will increase/decrease another member's rep by when you rate their post. Your Rep Power number is found under your post count in each post you make. You get your first rep power point at 50 posts. You will increase your rep power points for the following:

    One point for every 1000 posts you have made.
    One point for every 365 days you have been a member.
    One point for every 100 points of reputation you have.



    Where is My Rep Shown?

    Top right of each of your posts - below your profile - is a public summary of your rep, showing a graphical representation of your rep power. Your total rep score is represented as a series of colored blocks. () Each member starts with one gray block (a score of 0). As your total rep increases, you will gain green blocks: (red blocks represent a negative total rep score). The light green pips seem to have no purpose other than the first 5 pips you get are dark green and the next 6 are light green.

    The forum has a certain number of rep ranks defined, and you move up a rank as your total rep points exceeds each threshold. Hover over the colored blocks to be shown your rank (i.e. "Username will be famous soon enough" or "Username is a name known to all"). This is similar to the way the post count/rank system works. (See Appendix A for more details.)

    The number of blocks you have is not a direct representation of the number of rep points you actually have, it is merely a scale of your progress between all of the rep levels. For this reason, two members may both have 2 green rep blocks, but different rep scores and ranks.



    How Do I Give Rep Points?

    When you read a post that you wish to rate, look to the bottom-left corner of the post, below the member's profile. Click on the scale icon:

    You will be asked to approve or disapprove of the member's post. A comment box is also provided. It is good practice to leave a short comment, for the member to see why you rated their post. The person receiving your rep will be able to read your comment and see who left it for them in their User CP.


    Where Can I See What I Received Rep For?

    In your User Control Panel, you will find details of your rep received. The Control Panel can be found by clicking the User CP link at the top left of the page in the menu bar.

    Once at your Control Panel screen, you will see a section entitled "Latest Reputation Received" listing the posts you received reputation for, the dates, and any comments the giver may have made. A colored block shows the nature of the rating (green for positive, red for negative, gray for neutral [see FAQ below]). On the right-hand side of the header bar, your rep points total is shown.


    Other Frequently Asked Questions


    1. Somebody gave me rep with a gray block. Is that good or bad?

    Every member needs to have made a minimum amount of posts on the forum for their rep-giving to be counted. A gray rep rating means the member has not earned any rep power points yet and their rating will not contribute to your total rep score (whether they gave a positive or a negative rating does not matter). Once they have made the required number of posts, their ratings will start counting. This is to prevent abuse of the system, such as people quickly creating multiple accounts just to give themselves rep.


    2. How much rep am I allowed to give out?

    There are some limits as to how many posts you are allowed to rate. In a 24 hour period, you are allowed to give out 10 ratings but you cannot rate the same person twice in a row. You may also not rate the same post twice. You may see a message telling you that you must spread your rep around before leaving rep for a particular member. This means that you have given that member rep recently and you need to give rep to 10 different members before you are allowed to give more to that member.


    3. My Control Panel doesn't show all my received rep comments?

    Unfortunately, your User CP will only show the last 10 rep comments that you have received. There is no known way to view rep comments past the last 10.


    4. How can I see if a particular post I made has received any rep?

    Click on the rep scale icon for any of your own posts and you will be shown details of rep scores that were given for it (if any).


    5. Who has the most/least rep?


    Accumulating rep is not a competition. The rep system is just a means of rewarding a member for useful, helpful or entertaining content. Your rep score has nothing to do with your standings within the forum. You can see the rep leaders in the Member List, but you cannot see another member's actual rep count.


    6. Can I give my own posts rep?

    No. Giving yourself rep is not possible.



    Here are a few links to some of the topics that have been discussed here in the past:

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/support-suggestions-21/6846-reputation-ratings-what-they.html

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/support-suggestions-21/17079-guidelines-when-not-give-negative-reputation-points.html

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/general-2/242-rep-power.html


    Appendix A

    Here is a list of Rep Phrases as compiled by NineseveN. These phrases can be seen by hoovering your mouse over yours or any member's graphical rep boxes.

    -99999.....User is infamous around these parts

    -50.....User can only hope to improve

    -10.....User has a little shameless behavior in the past

    0.....User is an unknown quantity at this point

    10.....User is on a distinguished road

    50.....User will become famous soon enough

    150.....User has a spectacular aura about

    250.....User is a jewel in the rough

    350.....User is just really nice

    450.....User is a glorious beacon of light

    550.....User is a name known to all

    650.....User is a splendid one to behold

    1000.....User has much to be proud of

    1500.....User has a brilliant future

    2000.....User has a reputation beyond repute



    That's pretty much it. If there is anything I overlooked, please post below and I can incorporate it into the guide...
    Last edited by RocketFoot; July 11th, 2009 at 07:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Nice guide! I thought I knew the rep system pretty well, but I learned a couple of new things from your post.

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketFoot View Post
    Perhaps we can make it a sticky in this section?
    Bump for sticky!

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketFoot View Post
    It is also recommended that you add your name after the comment, to ensure they know who gave them the rep.
    I believe it now automatically shows the rep-giver's name.

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketFoot View Post
    We no longer keep track of the member with the most rep. It is not a competition. The rep system is just a means of rewarding a member for useful, helpful or entertaining content.
    Actually, if one is interested in one's "rep ranking", it's still here, buried in the Members List. It's just no longer in-your-face on the front page anymore.

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketFoot View Post
    In an effort to reduce repeat posts and help inform new members and forum veterans alike, here is a guide to the Rep System. Perhaps we can make it a sticky in this section?
    Bump for Sticky!

    The forum has a certain number of rep ranks defined, and you move up a rank as your total rep points exceeds each threshold. Hover over the colored blocks to be shown your rank (e.g. "Username will be famous soon enough" or "Username is a name known to all"). This is similar to the way the post count/rank system works.
    NineseveN posted a complete list, perhaps this should be incorporated?

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/support-s...what-they.html

    The number of blocks you have is not a direct representation of the number of rep points you actually have, it is merely a scale of your progress between all of the rep levels. For this reason, two members may both have 2 green rep blocks, but different rep scores and ranks.
    What is the difference between light and dark green blocks?

    You will be asked to approve or disapprove of the member's post. A comment box is also provided. It is good practice to leave a short comment, for the member to see why you rated their post. It is also recommended that you add your name after the comment, to ensure they know who gave them the rep.
    Like awkx said, the giver of the rep is listed.

    2. How much rep am I allowed to give out?

    There are limits as to how many posts you are allowed to rate in a 24 hour period, and you cannot rate the same person twice in a row. You may also not rate the same post twice. You may see a message telling you that you must spread your rep around before leaving rep for a particular member. This means that you have given that member rep recently and you need to give rep to other members before you are allowed to give more to that member.
    I sometimes need to be able to ration the rep I give, exactly how much rep can be given in a 24 hour period?

    If I give neg rep, will that allow me to give more positive rep?

    That's pretty much it. If there is anything I overlooked, please post below and I can incorporate it into the guide...
    Are there any rules regarding giving negative rep? Perhaps even just a standard of etiquette? I would write a suggestion for a standard of etiquette, but it seems that others do not like my ideas regarding that. (just give it for any reason you damn well please, no crying! )



    Excellent post RocketFoot, this is something that would definitely benefit the site as a sticky! Thanks for your effort... +6 once my 24hr limit expires!

    I suspect that other "forum functionality/instructions for use," guides regarding other things like the star rating for threads, and the such would be useful also!

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Carnes View Post
    Bump for Sticky!
    Done.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carnes View Post
    What is the difference between light and dark green blocks?
    Nothing. Doug said he isn't sure why they appear that way.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carnes View Post
    Like awkx said, the giver of the rep is listed.
    Correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carnes View Post
    I sometimes need to be able to ration the rep I give, exactly how much rep can be given in a 24 hour period?
    You can give rep up to 10 times in a 24-hour period.
    Quote Originally Posted by Carnes View Post
    If I give neg rep, will that allow me to give more positive rep?
    No. Ten reps per 24-hour period regardless of pos/neg.

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Guide edited and and some new stuff added! Thanks for the input!!

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Thanks for that explanation!
    (rep given )


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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by gnbrotz (Regarding Sticky)
    Done.
    Thanks much!
    Quote Originally Posted by gnbrotz: (Regarding light and dark green squares)

    Nothing. Doug said he isn't sure why they appear that way.
    I realize it must be an esoteric thing, as I do not understand it, (google searches brought me back to this thread!) and I do not 'expect' anyone else to have a solid answer. However, I am sure there is some rationale behind this. It is not a random thing, some programmer somewhere had to devise the concept. I hope that some informed 'poster' here in the forum can explain this for us, so that the information can be edited into the excellent informational post created by RocketFoot!

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    [disclaimer] I'm not trying to be stupid, but will probably end up looking that way[/disclaimer]
    I apparently have 10 rep points, but am unable to see anything about my rep in the user CP, I'm glad I have ten, but would also like to know how I have gotten it (please no neg rep for the stupid question )

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by jb12string View Post
    [disclaimer] I'm not trying to be stupid, but will probably end up looking that way[/disclaimer]
    I apparently have 10 rep points, but am unable to see anything about my rep in the user CP, I'm glad I have ten, but would also like to know how I have gotten it (please no neg rep for the stupid question )
    You have not received any rep points yet. After making 50 posts, you receive a Rep Power of 1.

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    Default Re: Rep System User's Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by gnbrotz View Post
    You have not received any rep points yet. After making 50 posts, you receive a Rep Power of 1.
    When I had my 50th post I had ten points plus a power of one.

    Bill

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