At the bottom of every post there are a pair of thumbs, thumbs up and thumbs down . These allow you to give you opinion of whether you believe the information in the post made a positive contribution, or you agree with it (), or if you believe it made a negative contribution, or you disagree (), for example. It is relevant to the post only and if you give a thumbs down then ideally you should have participated in the thread so that the member who received the negative will have an understanding as to why.
A members reputation is displayed in their profile, as a value. So for every thumbs up they receive one point and every thumbs down deducts one point.
The above configuration of thumbs up and thumbs down is the default setting for the forum software; however, there are some configuration options:
- It is possible to have just the thumbs up option available. This can be used as a sort of thank you or 'give credit where credit is due' system, a way of showing your appreciation. So, if you think that a members post made a positive contribution to the forum community or is of particular value to you then you could show that by giving a thumbs up for that post.
- The 'Reputation' count can be removed from all members profiles. This means that you can still give a thumbs up/down for a particular post but the cumulative value of a members thumbs up/down is not displayed in the members profile. This method has the advantage of allowing members to rate a post but without potentially harming someone's 'Reputation'.
- Another option is to switch off the reputation system. This would mean that you would not be able to rate the post or give credit to a member whose post you have found useful or you believe to be of value to the forum community.