Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great holiday and end to this interesting and eventful year. I want to take a moment and talk about everyone's favorite currency for a moment: Scripting Helpers reputation.
Since the site's inception, we have used a reputation system which has a linear relationship from post points to user reputation, such that when a post gets an upvote, the corresponding user also gets one reputation point. This system works, but it also homogenizes the impact of every post. For example, previously on Scripting Helpers, comment upvotes didn't give any user reputation at all, since it doesn't make sense for a comment upvote to have the same significance as an full-fledged answer.
As of today, we have implemented some changes that will increase the scope of reputation points. The first change you will notice is that almost everything has been multiplied by a factor of five: user reputation, rank requirements, amount of reputation you gain when upvoted, user privileges, etc.
However, there are some key changes, including users now lose one reputation point when they downvote a post, and they only lose two reputation points when a post of theirs is downvoted (as opposed to 5 if it was equivalent to the old system). To accompany this, when moderation is taken against a question, the question poster will also lose some reputation.
This new system can also allow us to do more things with reputation looking to the future, such as having votes from users with more reputation have a slightly higher impact than that of low-rep users.
Below you can find a full list of what can change your reputation. To see ranks and privileges, see User Privileges and Ranks
|+5||Upvote||Someone upvotes your post|
|-2||Downvote||Someone downvotes your post|
|+1||Comment vote||Someone upvotes your comment|
|+2||Accept answer||You accept someone's answer|
|+15||Answer accepted||Your answer gets accepted|
|-1||You downvote||You downvote someone else's post|
|-5||Question moderated||Your question is moderated|
|-50||Spam||Your question is closed as spam|
And as an added holiday bonus, all users who were below zero reputation have been reset to zero. Hooray!
I hope this post has helped you all understand the reasoning behind this change, and that everyone can can adjusted to the new system quickly. If you have any feedback about the new system, you can leave a comment below or mention a staff member in our Discord server