How Does Steemit Reputation Work? - Ultimate Guide

in #basictraining6 years ago (edited)


Reputation scores are how people get to know where you are in regards to how trustworthy you are. And the level of respect people has for you. High reputation scores are perceived to have quality content. It also determines your privileges within the system. As you gain more reputation, the system learns to trust you. Reputation is an important factor to determine your success on Steemit. Here's how it work.


You Starts at Level 25

Everybody when they first joined Steemit starts out with a reputation score of 25. It is up to the users to increase or decrease it. And Yes, you can also get a negative reputation.

How to Increase your reputation

The only ways to increase your reputation score is by upvotes you get on your content, posts, and comments.

  • Post high-quality content.
  • Post comments more frequently.
  • Build and increase the number of followers.
  • Take time to choose the right title.

Reputation depends only on your content

Buying Steem or having a lot Steem Power does not increase reputation. Your reputation score will only depend on the number of upvotes you get from your posts on Steemit. Always post and comment with quality content so that you are going to get recognized and users will likely to upvote you.

You can get a Negative reputation

Downvotes or get flags from someone who has a high reputation can decrease your scores to zero or even to a negative. If you put out bad content. Your content could get flagged, meaning downvoted and that will cause your reputation to decrease. These are the things that might get you flagged like spamming posts, harassing, misleading tags and copyrighted material. You don't want this because all your posts would become hidden, and no one would able to see them.

There's Limitations of Downvote/Flags

We know upvotes increase reputation and flags decrease reputation score but there are some limitations. One of it is a user with a lower reputation cannot affect users with a higher reputation than them. They can upvote or downvote and these can affect payout rewards and even zero them. But will not affect reputation score. Only users with a higher reputation than you can affect your score. Negative reputation users cannot affect reputation score of other users.

Gaining level


Steemit reputation points are calculated using the log base 10 functions. It is easy to increase your reputation score at the beginning, but the higher your reputations get, the harder it is to increase your score. It is about 10x harder from 1 point to the next. A level 50 reputation is 10x stronger than a 49 reputation. And a -5 reputation is 10x weaker than a -4 reputation.

Where to see your actual score

There is 2 kind of score, simplified and raw score. The one on your Steemit profile which is 25 when you start is not the actual value stored in the Steem blockchain, It's only a simplified reputation score. You reputation score are actual values in big number instead of a simple two digit reputation score. Your scores can be found on

  • Use the log base 10 of the score
  • Subtract 9
  • Multiply by 9
  • Add 25
  • Round down to the nearest integer


Let's do some math

My reputation is 56 let's use that as example
2836367613266 is my raw reputation number

Calculate the log base 10 of the raw score from your
LOG base 10 of 2836367613266 = 12.4527625178
Subtract 9 from this number. 12.4527625178 – 9 = 3.4527625178
Multiply this number by 9. 3.4527625178 x 9 = 31.0748626602
Add 25 to this number. 31.0748626602 + 25 = 56.0748626602
Once I get this number (56.0748626602) I round down and my reputation score = 56.

  • The score of 2836367613266 becomes a simplified score of 56.

Steemit Reputation Score Table

Here's a score table to check how many point needed for the next level.
Your raw reputation scores can be found on Take out the word username and your username.
Steemit reputation table.jpg


Great read! Much appreciated :)

@veggiekittykelly Thanks for reading my post!

Good work @vaansteam

I was about to search a "how to increase your steemit reputation tutorial". And since I was already following you I found this valuable post in my feed. :)


Your post comes at the right time!

Wow. Thanks for sharing this. You just made the complicated things simple here. Never knew this kind of maths is involved. I'm sure people that hated maths in high school will now love it here.

@udembahenry I had to do a lot of research for this. Thanks again!

Lol... It's funny to say people who didn't like Maths in high school will now love it here.

I thought with my level 33 I have to be at least a teen, but you ruined my hopes, I am still a little toddler. Start crying)) I want to grow up!

AHaha You will be a professional soon. @johnstone

@vaansteam Hope so, how people say in our area - "Your words to God's ears")

The categories are a bit male-oriented, don't you think? How about something more gender-neutral (neutral is all the rage these days!)

Lol Thank you for pointing that out. I already took your suggestion!

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Wow, incredible publication @vaansteam, I have about two weeks in Steemit I am a baby in reputation, but little by little I have been learning from this great community, and reading your post has been a growth for me, thank you very much for publishing it has been of great help, and from now on, I will put into practice every word, and really as you say is not easy, it takes effort and perseverance, I congratulate you for your excellent work, you have been blessing THANK YOU!


@yudech Thank you!. ANd I hope you will do really well on Steemit. I know it's hard but everything takes time. Good luck to you!

what happens if the post was of quality content(got fair numbr of upvotes) and it gets a downvote from a person with higher reputation?? Won't it be unfair for the poster to get a decrease in reputation? ?

@faithfulomoy If you get downvote then your reputation and your reward will go down. People don't usually downvote without a reason. so make sure you make good content. But with that being said, there are some that goes around bullying people. Just be careful. Good luck to you

Oook. Thanks.

Thank you for sharing this! This is very useful for newbie like me and now I know why I only posted my introduce myself post and I hit 30 reputation! And thank you for the reputation table!
Would like to ask, I did notice different comment from me yield different weight of raw reputation?

@williamsyee congrats on your introduction post. It will only change a lot faster when you get more upvote from the reputation that is higher than you, that's from comments or content.

Thank you for reply :)

very clearly post @vaansteam,
i understand about your explanation. thank you very much,,
Nice post and please upvote me,,

@muhammadhelmi92Thank you very much!

thank you very much for your upvote @vaansteam

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It's not the Super dragon balls you can make a wish with ahhaa It's Steem dollars like USD but for Steem platform. Here's more info on it in my other post.

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