posted on Apr, 13 2012 @ 02:23 PM
Obviously our OP here is a complete troll who started his account just to show how messed up he is. He's very familiar with ATS. Who would know about
Phage after 19 posts? But anyway, for other people who have a genuine interest:
You "earn" points by:
1. Posting a reply - 1 point.
2. Others posting replies on your thread: 2 points
3. Applause: 500 points, only done by Mods.
4. Writing, debating contests: Varies but can be huge
A normal poster cannot "give" anyone else points. In the Intro threads you also cannot award stars. Same is true of the Board Business Forum. You
get points taken away if you manage to commit an "extreme" Terms & Conditions violation, usually in chunks of 1,000. Once in awhile you will find
someone with negative points. This is usually a new member who doesn't quite understand the expected behavior here and has an extremely bad attitude.
Points, by themselves, do not contribute to either the K (Karma) or W (WATS) scores. An applause, which earns you 500 points, has the same rank as a
single flag when computing the K score. Points are kind of a general indication of time spent on the site and a general level of contribution.
As the fellow said above, it used to be that points were used as a kind of currency to "buy" stuff on the site. Points can still be a factor in
considering what to do with you. A guy with negative points is probably in danger of getting banned if he doesn't shape up, where someone with 100K
points probably has a bit more slack if he has a bad day.
No matter how many stars, points, flags, or posts you have you can still get yerself banned. Awhile ago a fellow who had the highest scores here, the
top dog #1 guy, was banned. No one really knows why, but I was told it was because of plagarism. Why would that be such an egregious offense? Because
it puts the site at risk. ATS could be blamed for hosting such material.
It's very popular for people to proclaim they do not pay attention to the awards system, even as they sneak a peek at their standing immediately
after saying such.