I have had quite a few questions on the User Reputation system on this forum which is basically an award system.. I have given an explanation of how it works at the following link if you have not seen it: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/mod...ewarticle&id=4 Furthermore, it is simply a way for users to reward other users for a great post. Feel free to ask for reputation in your signature line.. something like: "If this post has helped you in any way, consider giving me some reputation points by clicking on the scales icon at the top right of this post" This system works well simply because if you are helpful and nice and considerate then folks will be very apt to award you points, if you are rude, a self proclaimed know-it-all, or just have a bad attitude in general then folks are probably not going to leave you any reputation points. This is a much better indicator of your status than your post count. I do not think it is necessary to leave negative points although the system does allow this. I have always heard that the cream rises to the top. Just a note.. the number you see in your posts is your Rep Power rather than your total points. Rep power is a factor of your total points. Hope this helps explain this mysterious tool a little better.