The reputation system is a simple way of indicating approval of a post. It also allows a brief comment of why the reputation is awarded to be left to the post's author. Reputation is private and should not be discussed in forum posts. Reputation can be given by clicking the
Giving reputation adds, or subtracts, points from a forum member. These are displayed for a user as a series of pips and stars. Established forum users with good reputation themselves will be able to award higher reputation points. To encourage our site's support of cable customers, reputation given is greater in the technical than general forums. Users may choose to disable their reputation pip display, but this will not prevent others from sending reputation comments.
Issuing a red or negative reputation can create discord. You must leave an appropriate comment. We do not allow tit for tat or revenge reputation. Red repping a Team member because of moderating actions you disagree with is not permitted. Similarly don't give reputation because you were asked to do so by someone else, or in sympathy for someone who is complaining of a reputation they received. Please do not be a rep whore by seeking reputation from others.
For detailed information on the reputation system see this article