This is great information
Thank you all
So what are the cold-hard-facts with regards to reputation, then, I wonder? For example, I'm a geek and frequent a Dungeons and Dragons forum as well with a similar set up (except the thanks...no thanks option...which would probably make that site a little more...balanced...anyway...) and how much reputation one can give is based on post count, and the little green squares show up after every, say, 100 "points" of reputation (we call it XP...cause we're geeks...).
So is the "system" uber-secret, or does someone out there know how all of this works numerically...? /is Justin willing to say...?
If everyone is more or less in the dark about how the system by-the-numbers works, then I can see advantages to this. Namely, it lessens the importance of reputation and thanks which means it's not so prone to being abused (another problem I've seen on other sites).
Sometme I cannot give reputation though. The forum then tells me that I have give reputation to that person too recently. I am not sure how long to wait for it, but not posting a while had the desired effect and besides one can remember that one wanted to give somebody reputation.
If this forum is at all set up like the DnD forum I"m on, then this is a sort of "spread the love" system: The system is set up to only allow a person to give one person x amount of reputation in a row. Chances are, once you give rep to someone else, you'll be able to give the first person more. It probably works something like that. Might also be based on a time frame...?
This function is, obviously, to keep the system from being abused. It's funny how fanatical people can get about little green dots!
Taking all of this into account...I need more information! I'm prone to being that obnoxious member who gives out reputation because I want to tell the person what it was I liked (or didnt' like...though I doubt I'd use this option but rarely if ever) specifically about the post. But I don't want to do that if giving rep "means more" numerically than giving a thanks does, unless the post is really very good.
And yes, I'm one of those people who sit happily on the fence, cautiously wieghing evidence until I have enough of it to decide anything. I then climb, cautiously down to one side or ther other, but hold on to the fence in case I find something there to make me change my mind...then back to fence sitting
Sadly, even this sort of thing is not immune.
I think I gave someone reputation back when I was very very new, before I noticed that thanks seemed to be the more popular option...so I've held off on scales button.
As to other forum rules of etiquette...what about in posting styles...anything unspokenly "firm"? No attacking mothers, for example, or...uh...I can't think of anything less silly.
I do note that everyone is, for the most part, very polite, which while it harkens back to the forum rules as written, the extent to which it is followed seems to fall more under the unspoken rules.
Anything like that that anyone else has noticed...?