Now then I'd love to go over the reputation of this site, some have asked questions in the past and we have set up some useful threads. I thought I might set up one that touches on the mechanics like regular, but also ideas in using reputation.
Now for those who are new to the forum, you will need 35 posts before you can alter the reputation of another. When at this number of posts, a + and - will appear next to posts of other forum members. A simple click, and you will up or down their reputation. Making them go further positive, further negative, lower, or raise, or even take out of being in a neutral state. You can only once effect the reputation of a post, personally. If you see that a post cannot be repped despite the fact that you could do so before, it means you have already left your opinion on the matter. However others of course can still change or add onto what you've said about the person with the reputation you have given them. You may only rep another person twice a day. Thanking is however not effected by this. To thank a person you must have created a thread, it's a wonderful tool in regards to having problems solved. If you ask a question, thank the person who answered it best. If you were asking for Co-Op, thank the person who helped you. You get picture I think.
Now often we let our opinions get in the way of who we rep, and who we do not. An example being for those who admit to ganking. While I personally am against the act, they're a player like you or me. Now, there are instances of course where it is obvious a person is trying to get negative responses. This is a form of trolling as many of you probably know, try to tell the difference. Pay attention for things that are needlessly mentioned, or involve calling out groups. More often than not you should save your reputation for hurtful and helpful posts. The reason being that if a post is repped up, it tells people that more of that kind of post is wanted. The opposite, that it isn't wanted. This helps in building the community a bit better, and can give people a slight reward for contributing and a slight punishment for hurting the forum.
Another thing is to use reputation in regards to moderation and people breaking rules. It is never a bad idea to rep down a post that blatantly goes against the rules. Not something simple especially if the poster is new such as making a slight remark. More so big red flag things, posting NSFW content without a warning or filter, making incredibly offensive remarks or harassing others. As well it's always nice to rep up the moderators of the forum and those who are helping out. If a dangerous thread gets locked feel free to + whoever did it. If one of the admins is giving an announcement about a change let them know it is appreciated.
I know the reputation system is just a little number under the name of a person. Some of us use it to make judgements off one another. If a person has high rep sometimes we will be more inclined to listen to them. If they have -25 and have the name "SuperHackerHates(Insert Racial Slur)" you will be more inclined to not listen to them. This is a bit of judging a book by its cover, but understand its more so looking at the past of a person and trying to gauge what they will do in the future. That isn't to say some haven't earned reputations that they do not deserve. A misunderstood remark, or in my case low level easy done comedy.
Now we have also had abuse of the system, for there is no system that isn't misused. Many have been getting randomly repped down for very civil or bland posts. Do not fret, more than likely no one on the forum has a problem with you if this is the case. It is merely someone trying to ruin our system, as such just ignore it until it goes away. Giving it too much attention will only cause them to do it more.
Another small thing is that reputation does not count in the off-topic section. If you positive or negative there it does not add or subtract from them. They'll see the red or green bar, but the number will not change. In regards to this, it is often where the more hilarious posts are made so often people use there reputation there without causing a real change. Which isn't a bad thing of course, it's a very neutral act.
This has been Tolvo's small guide to Reputation, made by of course Tolvo! Everything in this is an opinion as you must know, aside from the factual information such as number of reps per day. Have a pleasant day, and please be nice to your fellow members.