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Reputation System Point Breakdown

By Michael Tanczos | Published Apr 18 2013 09:18 AM in GameDev.net Help
Peer Reviewed by (Michael Tanczos, Gaiiden, NightCreature83)

Your goal hopefully is the same as our goal: use this special place that we developers have here to help each other as much as possible. This means starting to adopt a mentality that we all do our best to do what is good for the community.

GameDev.net was created over 10 years ago by a rag tag group of people with the idea that it is the COMMUNITY that can lift each other up, help one another, create articles and share information. The reputation system is going to begin to award members points for different actions on the site and especially those that benefit the community at large.

As a member you’ll be able to earn points for basic site participation activities, for posting helpful replies in the forums, policing the community using moderator actions, and ESPECIALLY for authoring tutorials and helpful blog posts.

Points are split into 4 categories:

  • Scholar - Any up/down votes you receive from posts in the technical, business, or creative forums will be added to the scholar category.
  • Moderator - Points given for moderator actions (activities such as submitting moderator reports, voting on content, providing feedback, etc)
  • Author - Points given to authors who write articles, get them peer reviewed, get articles favorited, etc. This is where people can pick up a lot of rep points if they get an article granted with a peer-reviewed status
  • Participation - Points given for everyday site activities - logging in, up/downvoting others, even signing up!

These 4 categories will combine to create your overall reputation number on the site.

Below is a listing of our list of ways to earn reputation. At the moment only those items with an asterisk are active. While this list is by no means final, it should serve as an idea for members as to how reputation can be earned.

Some key terminology:
  • Default Amount - this is how many points a member will earn as a result of this action (note that a negative amount can be applied to rescind an original transaction)
  • Max Per Day - this is the maximum number of times this action can be taken for points, it is NOT the number of points you can earn per day
  • Max Amount - this is the maximum number of times this action can be taken for points over the lifetime of your account
Participation Points
Rewarded for actions taken around the website in general

TitleDefault AmountMax Per DayMax Amount
Sign up for site *10011
Sign up for GDNet+10011
Login *11inf
Opt-in to Newsletter5011
Post an abusive / spammy message
If a post of yours is reported to a moderator and a moderator approves the report, you will suffer a point hit for the offending post *note that this is still under consideration

Moderator Points
Rewarded for actions that involve policing the community or reviewing content

TitleDefault AmountMax Per DayMax Amount
Report Post to Moderator *
Use the "Report" feature of posts and comments to flag inappropriate items for moderator review
Moderator resolves report *10infinf
Moderator rejects report *
Moderators review all submitted reports. A report can either be marked "completed" or deleted altogether. Only blatantly false or spammy reports will be deleted.
Vote and Comment on Article
Vote on an un-reviewed article and offer constructive criticism (requires both a vote AND a comment, can only be done once per article)

Scholar Points
Rewarded for actions that work to benefit the knowledge of community members

TitleDefault AmountMax Per DayMax Amount
Legacy Point System Transfer *
Points transferred from the old reputation system
Your topic is bookmarked *3infinf
Your post is upvoted/downvoted *
Additional scholar points are added/removed based off of the reputation of the user doing the rating - the higher their rating, the more they contribute
Bookmark a topic150inf
Your Reply is Marked as Answer15infinf

Author Points
Rewarded for actions that create content for the community to learn from

TitleDefault AmountMax Per DayMax Amount
Submit an article *
Submit a full article for editing
Article Content Approved *
A content moderator has taken a look at your submitted article and approved it for the community to begin viewing
Article Granted "Peer Reviewed" Status *
The article you submitted was not only approved for initial publication, but is in good enough form to be considered "Peer Reviewed"
Create a journal entry101
Your content is voted up/down
Additional points are added/removed based off the reputation of the user doing the rating of the user’s article or journal post
Your content is commented on125
Write a book review155
Submit an IOTD101
Your IOTD is featured 151


1: "Report Post to Moderator" has "Max Amount" of "inf0" instead of "inf".


2: Why are there no asterisks in the "Author" category? Surely some of these things are active. On this line, is the list really up to date?


3: Maybe mention the fact that post upvote/downvote points are showed in the reputation history as +/-3, even though they may be more/less than this.

This is a little older but I just updated it.  

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