A reputation system accomplishes two things:
- Quality content is important here at Stormtrack, so is reputation within the community. Quality content offered by members will result in more thumbs up clicks from other members, with each thumbs up click earning the content providing member one point.
- Members can also receive a thumbs down which will, in essence, decrease reputation. This will encourage members to think twice before being snarky or downright rude.
In addition to the thumbs, you can also mark a post as "informational" which is worth one point just like a thumbs up. Finally, there is an option to mark a post "Agree". This is neutral in the points system but does tell the original poster that you have agreed with their thoughts.