Hi, I sort of think that the reputation thing (green bar) makes a lot of credible fish keepers look bad because they only have one square because no one gives them good feedback. However many good fishkeepers have a lot of good feed back so I guess you have to earn it.
I've noticed the stars and bars. I knew what the starts represented, but until I read this, had no idea you could give feedback. Ahhh lol. How do you do it? I only judge peoples advice on the validity of previous advice, or many posts that say about the same thing.
If you have over 50 posts you can click on the little white scale(looks more like a snowflake to me ) and you can even leave a comment. It's an easy to pat someone on the back without hijacking the thread.
I like the rep system. I think it's good to be able to acknowledge good advice when it's given & like previously said, good advice is good advice, regardless of how many posts or how much reputation someone has earned.
Must admit, I don't really pay too much attention to the rep system (but i think it's cool when I find someone has taken time to add to my rep!)
I assume people are fairly honest, and I look at their experience, and also the level of 'sensibility' of their advice.
The reputation system relies on the community to acknowledge each other. There's a lot of '+1' bumps/posts suggesting someone has given good advice, but doesn't get acknowledged in the rep system.
Also, if you take the time to search through a few threads, you'll start to see which members give good advice, and which ones don't, as well as being able to pick up on the regulars that have a genuine passion for "our" fish, and take the time out of our own duties/day to offer help, often at very silly hours of the day.
Post count doesn't mean much, you could be very experienced and have great knowledge, but just joined yesterday.
As has been suggested, good advice is good advice. And generally here at fl, if we don't agree with advice, we will politely disagree with a previous post. Fishlore is not about egos, but about the fish, so if I'm wrong, I don't mind, as long as it's best for the fish.