Written byon Nov. 10, 2012 .
Last week I have launched AstroBin Questions, a community driven, highly interactive, wiki-capable website that you moderate, thanks to a system based on reputation points.
I've just written down a meta questions that explains how reputation and votes work, what they are and how they should be used. You can read it on AstroBin Questions, or here below. And by the way, if you are still wondering what AstroBin Question is, and why it's so important for the astrophotography community, read this: What is AstroBin Questions?
This website works a lot differently than a forum. A good explanation about how this is not a forum can be found in the first meta-question asked.
This meta-question talks about reputation and voting.
One key reason why this website was made, was to provide the astrophotography community with a way to get correct answers to question, not just any answer.
Reputation and votes are the way in which the community moderates itself, and makes sure the best answer is on top.
Every question, and every answer, can be voted up or down.
Reputation points are a way to express how reputable a person is in the community. Reputation can be earned and lost, primarily because of votes received.
When a person has a high reputation, people will know that they can trust their answers.
These are the primary reputation gain and loss rules, but bear in mind that the numbers might change in the future, if the community becomes larger:
As you can see, users are rewarded reputation for actively helping to shape the community. If you accept an answer, for instance, you are rewarded 2 reputation points. Also, notice how downvoting will cost you reputation: this is because downvoting should not be done lightly, but in the spirit of bettering the community when this is necessary.
Besides gaining respect in the community, reputation allows you certain privileges. These are the reputation points you need to perform certain actions (remember that these numbers too might change in the future, as the community grows):
As you can see, after 200 reputation points, things start to get serious and you are allowed lots of moderation tasks. This is all in the best interest of the community, so we can have a website that has good, legitimate and correct content!
Finally, you have the option of flagging posts (both questions and answers) as offensive. This should be used if the post contains spam, vulgarity or is actually offending to the community for other reasons.