We've had the rep system in place for a good couple of months now, and I figured I'd give a bit of input into how I think the system should be used. Sorry if I sound preachy or anything, you're more than welcome to ignore me Please Register or Log in to view images Reasons to Give Positive Rep The way I see it, there are 2 major reasons why you should give somebody rep. 1) Because they make an excellent post Some posts just stand out from the crowd, whether they are very helpful, present novel ideas, are funny, or are just good in general. The way I see it is that if a post does what it means to do (solve a problem, answer a question) it deserves to be repped. 2) They try very hard, even if they don't get something spot Not everybody is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge, so I don't think somebody should get penalized for getting something wrong if they are trying to help. Now I'm not saying you should just throw out random solutions until one works, but if you see somebody making a strong effort, show them some appreciation. Reasons to give Negative Rep I don't think that there are too many times when negative rep are necessary, but there is one exception to this. 1) People that are being malicious Some people just love being mean, weren't hugged enough as a kid, or love the feeling of being able to say things with no repercussions. If somebody is flaming others non-stop, and with obvious intent I feel they deserve some negative rep. I see a bunch of posts about how people are getting repped down because other's don't like their avatar, their ideas, or just want to rep somebody down, and let me tell you that it is ruining the rep system for everybody. Don't use the rep system as a forum for flaming, use it for encouragement. Rep as "Currency" This is another thing that bugs me. Rep is not something to be used for bartering (i.e. "Rep me and I'll give you this"), it is used to show your appreciation of a user's post, and anything else just cheapens the whole system. The whole concept of give me rep, I'll give you rep also tastes foul to me because all it is is people artificially inflating their rep. Repping in General I've also noticed that people don't seem to rep others much, and when doing so they expect to be repped back. That isn't what the system is for! Don't ask for rep, if people think that you made a post that deserves it, you will receive it. Also, don't be stingy with rep, you might think that if you give out too much rep you will be left behind in points, but if everybody reps more then this won't happen. Finally, unless you are repping with an inside joke or something of the sort, I don't think people should include their names in rep. Granted, I am guilty of this one too but I am stopping. The reason behind this is if you don't leave your name it doesn't bring the feeling of "well they repped me so I should probably rep them back" that people get. As I said, these are just my thoughts, and I'd love to hear what you guys have to say on the topic, so post away!