What is the reputation system?It is a method for privileged members to give their opinion about other users for the rest of HF to see.
What is the reputation system used for?For the most part, it is just a place for users to give their opinions on a member. However, if the overall number of reputation points is negative, it does affect a member’s eligibility to apply for ub3r and their ability to post in (certain sections?) of the Market Place.
Why do some members have more reputation points than comments?Some users can assign multiple reputation points to their reputation comment. The amount of reputation points a user can give depends on that users upgrade. A l33t member can only give +1 and 0. Ub3r members have the option of assigning a value between -3 and +3. Staff has the option of assigning -5 to +5. Lastly, Admins can rep from -10 to +10.
Can members write anything they want when giving reputation?No. Our forum has a no flaming policy, and this also applies to reputations. If a member is seen flaming, they will receive a warning from staff. Also, a reputation accusing someone of being a scammer must be followed with a link to the scam report thread that you have made.
Can members ask other member to give them reputation points?Absolutely not. That includes posts, PMs, profiles, or signature, and while we can't verify if you're doing this via IM services, it's likely if on site evidence is presented to us, you'll be “Rep Fucked”. We consider any hints, tips, or off-handed comments such as "+rep is appreciated" or "I like reps" to be an obvious hint to trade reps with a member. We won't tolerate it. If a user asks you for rep, report it to an Admin immediately. If it is discovered you didn’t do this, you subject to penalty such as a “Rep fuck”.
What is a “Rep Fuck”?A “rep fuck” is where a staff member or an admin permanently removes all of a member’s positive reputation. Once a “rep fuck” has been given it is irreversible. Keep in mind that a “rep fuck” was given for a reason; any complaining will result in a one month ban.
Can I have my reputation reset?No. HF does not reset reputation for any reason. Keep that in mind when you interact with members on the forum.
What is reputation abuse?Reputation abuse can be very complicated subject matter. Here is a list of the following ways reputation can be viewed as abuse.
Flaming: There is to be no flaming in the giving of reputation. This will result in deletion and a warning. Reputation as a currency: You are not allowed buy or sell reputation points to other members. Gang repping: The act of coordination with other members to raise or lower a member’s reputation is not allowed. Bribing and Blackmail: These two are self-explanatory, bribing and blackmailing for reputation will not be tolerated. Asking for reputation: Members may not ask for reputation for themselves or another member in any manner. Hinting toward reputation: Similar to asking for reputation. You may not hint for someone to give you reputation. Reputation Bumping: The continuous bumping (re-adding) of a given reputation is seen as harassment. Scammer Reputation:You may not call someone a scammer in reputation without following the procedure listed on this page. Giving reputation when asked for it: Agreeing to give someone reputation when they ask for it is not allowed. If you do this, you will be repfucked.
I feel I was rep abused, how do I report it?If the “abuse” wasn’t one of the listed items it isn’t classified as abuse. If it meets the criterion that was listed, then you may contact staff to remove it. If the abuse is done via PM, contact Judge Dredd either by posting a thread in the Reputation Abuse section or by PM. If there is flaming in the reputation, contact any other staff member.
What happens if I or someone else abuses reputation?The abusive reputation will be removed and a reputation warning will be issued. You may not report reputation abuse if it was not you who were abused. It’s up to the person that was abused to address staff about it. In some cases, the user that commits the violation will be repfucked, so do not violate the system.
What is revenge rep and is it allowed?Revenge rep is the practice of getting a negative reputation after you have given that member a negative. This is not against the rules. Clearly if you leave someone a negative, you can expect them to reciprocate. Think carefully about your choices when leaving reputation. If you fear revenge rep, then reconsider. Staff will not take action on revenge reps. Still, our no-flaming rule does apply to all reps given.
Can I get a negative reputation removed if it doesn’t make sense or isn’t fair?If the reputation doesn’t follow our definition of “reputation abuse”, it will not be removed by an admin or staff member. You may contact the member that left the reputation in order to understand why it was left. However, you may not harass or threaten the member.
If a member that left me negative reputation gets banned, can the rep get removed?Sorry, but at this time we are not removing the reputations given by banned members unless it breaks other policies.
I was scammed, what can I do?Make a deal dispute in the ‘Deal Dispute’ section, making sure to read the stickies to use the proper format. You may then leave them a negative reputation with a link to the thread; you may not call them a scammer in a reputation in any other manner. You may not ask people to give them negative reputation for being a scammer either; you may only give negative reputation for scamming if you are the one scammed.
Someone called me a scammer in reputation, what do I do?Calling someone a scammer without a link to the scam report in the reputation will result in the reputation being removed. However, if there is a thread linked with a scam report in the ‘Deal Dispute’ section, Staff does not investigate these claims nor make it definitive whether the scam report is legitimate or not. The best way to report this is by making a thread in the Reputation Abuse Section with information regarding the reputation in question. Violation of the reputation system will result in the removal of the reputation, a warning, and in some cases a "Rep Fuck” by Staff.