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Hi All - I've enabled the reputation system on the forum. It's basically a way for people to give rep points to members for making good posts You need at least 50 posts before you can "give rep" though. Sorry to those members with less than 50 posts, but this restriction is to prevent trolls from wreaking havoc with the system.

Let's see how it goes, but if it turns out that we don't like it we can always disable it. I'm hoping that it'll help others know when they're getting advice from someone who has a positive reputation here. Maybe they will be more likely to take someone's advice if they have a good reputation? Not sure how it will work out, but let's try it.

This will only work if we are all honest while using it. Don't just give out positive rep to your friends. If you come across a really good and helpful post, then by all means throw them some rep. Please Note: If anyone is caught abusing the system you could wind up losing your account.

Only moderators can see who has left reputation for someone else. So if you leave a comment the original poster will see the comment, but will not see your name.

How to use it:
1. When you come across a post you want to give positive rep to, look on the bottom left hand side of the post for the Rep icon. It looks like a sheriff's badge.
2. Click that and a small window opens letting you give positive points, along with comments. Only moderators can see who has left comments.
3. That's all there is to it.

To view your rep:
Click on My Settings in the upper right hand corner.

For every 100 rep points you earn another green box. Also, it looks like we all have to start at square one with rep points. We all have 1 green box and I gave everyone 10 rep points to start with.

This is more like an experiment at this point. If it goes horribly wrong we'll take it down. But let's try it out.

Thanks for reading,
Mike
 

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Ok... I just read it. lol... I was clicking on other people's reps and I didnt know it was meant to be reflected on the "individual" post they just made... now I know better

it will be interesting to see what happens
 

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alessa1235 said:
Ok... I just read it. lol... I was clicking on other people's reps and I didnt know it was meant to be reflected on the "individual" post they just made... now I know better

it will be interesting to see what happens
Same here... Oops.
 

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Good idea...I'm interested to see how this works.
 

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That's cool. I'll try it! Thanks Mike!
 

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Systems like this have a high potential for abuse, but we've got a decent group of people from what I've seen, so I think that shouldn't be too much of a problem. It might be fun to watch, and could turn out to be very helpful for newbies who show up and don't know whose advice to listen to (some people provide well-meaning but misinformed advice...we'll get them all eventually!).
 

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luna said:
Systems like this have a high potential for abuse, but we've got a decent group of people from what I've seen, so I think that shouldn't be too much of a problem. It might be fun to watch, and could turn out to be very helpful for newbies who show up and don't know whose advice to listen to (some people provide well-meaning but misinformed advice...we'll get them all eventually!).
My only objection is that to the people who this will be most helpful to (newbies), it isn't immediately obvious in any random post what the "little green squares" mean under someone's avatar. Is there any way to put a tiny blurb, or mouseover, or something-- that will make it apparent to new users what "reputation" means on FL? :

I think it's a great idea otherwise, interested to see what comes of it.
 

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Devon said:
My only objection is that to the people who this will be most helpful to (newbies), it isn't immediately obvious in any random post what the "little green squares" mean under someone's avatar. Is there any way to put a tiny blurb, or mouseover, or something-- that will make it apparent to new users what "reputation" means on FL? :

I think it's a great idea otherwise, interested to see what comes of it.
If you hover your mouse over one of the squares it says 'HatchetHaven is on a distinguished road'... I predict as yo start to get a lot of reputation the squares will turn yellow then red. They have a similar system on the planted tank forum and they are red and yellow as well.
 
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I like the idea, but I've noticed you can't give positive points to the same people, it gives the message that I must spread some rep points around before giving more to a certain person again.

I guess this is done so not 1 person can jack up another's rep points
but in a way it punishes people who consistantly give good information.
 

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HatchetHaven said:
If you hover your mouse over one of the squares it says 'HatchetHaven is on a distinguished road'... I predict as yo start to get a lot of reputation the squares will turn yellow then red. They have a similar system on the planted tank forum and they are red and yellow as well.
Yeah I noticed that too, Hatchet, but I'm not sure that it would mean anything to someone that isn't already familiar with the rep system... I mean, if I were brand new to the forum, and I saw that you're "on a distinguished road," I would not have the foggiest idea what that was supposed to mean. :-\
 

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I'll agree that it isn't immediately obvious what it means. I hovered over it and then went looking for this topic (I knew one would be here, Mike always makes a topic when something new is added).

If it had a title (maybe one that linked to this topic when clicked), and the hover text explained what the colors mean, I think it would be a little more obvious and helpful.
 

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very good idea Mike most welcome, a good way to see who are respected members as sometimes the decisions we make are life and death.
 

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luna said:
If it had a title (maybe one that linked to this topic when clicked), and the hover text explained what the colors mean, I think it would be a little more obvious and helpful.
I agree, seems if it had "Reputation" or something as a title above the icons, it would be more immediately obvious to newbies what this feature means.
 

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I agree with everything said above but think that you should be able to see how many rep points someone has when you mouse-over the green box. This would be helpful since, if it's what Mike said and you only get another green box for every 100 rep points, how would you be able to tell the difference between someone with 95 rep points (lots of positive rep) and someone with 5 rep points (actually received negative rep)? Of course, you could lower the interval initially for the number of rep points to get to the next level to something similar to the stars for how many posts you have.
 

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I really like the rep things on forums. I doubt that we will have people on here with more than 50 posts that would abuse the system.
 

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I think this is a great idea.

Although I was able to give rep and I have <50...
 
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Steve113 said:
I think this is a great idea.

Although I was able to give rep and I have <50...
Steve, you have more than 50 posts. 154 as of this post, to be exact.
 

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Oh, my bad - I read Mikes post as: You can only post rep once you have more than 50 POINTS. Silly me
 

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Cool, glad we're trying it and hope it works out as a good addition to the forum.
 

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i think this is a good idea...kind of similar to the rating system on ebay...good call!! i would be more inclined to listen to advice from someone with a solid rep rather than someone who does not...i hope it works out!
 
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