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A while back I put together a lengthy Frequently Asked Questions, some of which is now used in the FAQ on Steemit.com. Since then, we've seen significant changes to the Steem ecosystem and have had many new users join us, so I think an update to the FAQ is overdue.

Given that the full document is 56 pages long, I'm breaking it up into smaller sections so it's not overwhelming for readers. I'll be updating and posting it one part at a time. Included in this post is "Reputation."

This section didn't require many updates, but a little birdie said they are talking about major changes to the role of reputation - meaning reputation will probably become even more important in the future.

My following posts will include the categories:

  • Payouts
  • Money
  • Posting
  • Voting
  • Security
  • Technical Questions
  • Other

If you have any questions about Steem, let me know and I'll try to get them answered or add them to the updated FAQ.


What does the little number next to my name mean?

This number represents your reputation score (also referred to as rep); the higher the number, the better. The lowest possible reputation score is about -25 and the highest possible is 80. New users start at 25.
The reputation score uses a log10 scale with some tweaks, meaning:

Why does my reputation score matter?

A reputation score is one way Steemit measures the amount of value you have brought to the community. In real estate, they say there are three variables of the utmost importance: location, location, location. On Steemit, those things are: reputation, reputation, reputation. It’s not to say other variables aren’t important, but reputation will be an enormous factor in your level of success.

It is worth noting that if your reputation goes below 0, Steemit will hide your posts and comments making it very difficult to gain monetary rewards and followers. This incentivises online etiquette and respect for your fellow Steemians.

Why will reputation be a major factor?

One result of developing a high reputation score is generating a lot of organic followers (those who follow you because they value your work). These are people who are much more likely to read, interact with and upvote your posts.

Additionally, many Steemians glance at users’ reputation scores when deciding which articles to read because they know higher reputation scores means it is much more likely quality original content. A blog post from a higher-rep user is less likely flag-worthy spam or plagiarism. Furthermore, the higher your rep, the more effect your vote will have on the reputation of others.

Lastly, uses for reputation scores may change. For example, rather than the trending page being sorted by posts’ value, reputation could play a role in the sorting algorithm. Same goes for comments - Currently, comments are sorted by their value based on votes, but Steemit developers could change it to put comments from the highest-rep users at the top. Also, higher-rep users could eventually receive moderator privileges in discussion forums or chat rooms. Finally, rather than Steem Power being the main factor determining vote worth, reputation scores could become a part of the algorithm.

How do I improve my reputation score? What hurts my score?
To put it simply, add value to the Steemit community to improve your score. But harm the community and your score will suffer.

Does my reputation score affect the amount my vote is worth?

At this time, reputation has no effect on the value of a user’s vote. However, your reputation has an effect on the reputation of the accounts you upvote and flag.

If someone has a higher Reputation Score than me, will it lower his Reputation Score if I flag him?
Someone must have a higher (and non-negative) reputation score than you for their flag to negatively impact your reputation. However, upvotes from anyone still help your reputation as long as the upvoter's reputation score is non-negative.

If you see something worthy of a flag, such as plagiarism, and you fear that this user could retaliate by flagging you in return, you can take the issue to the #steemitabuse channel on steemit.chat.

Please let me know if you see anything here that's inaccurate or misleading. Follow me to see the rest of my FAQ updates in the coming days. Payouts is the next category I'll be tackling.


Thank you @shenanigator for your post. It seems simple but it is not. Sometimes the flag that one is getting is not for their own article but I see it due to one not liking the other that voted for an article. Is there any solution for such act. There should be a way where the flag is separated by the vote that steemer cast. Such an act do not add value to our post but it gives bad impact to our reputation. We see followers following the one that they either hate and flag there content or flagging whatever they resteemed so the true author of the article has to suffer due to the grief of the other. What steps are we taking for such? This flagging is spoiling ones reputation.

This post has been ranked within the top 80 most undervalued posts in the second half of Feb 10. We estimate that this post is undervalued by $6.41 as compared to a scenario in which every voter had an equal say.

See the full rankings and details in The Daily Tribune: Feb 10 - Part II. You can also read about some of our methodology, data analysis and technical details in our initial post.

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I like it, very nice summary.

Thanks for checking it out!

These posts are great! I have never quite understood the reputation algorithm. I did not realize it was like a 10log scale. Question: Can accounts actually hit 80? if so, is it game over or do you think they'll raise the scale or something?

Also, am I right in thinking that these high reputation scores (+60) that so many of the regular users have now... are going to be really hard to get if/when Steemit grows to millions of users? In many ways, I think users right now are really underestimating the opportunity they have to build their rep high in these early days.

I don't know if accounts can actually hit 80, but I'll try to find out.

Also, am I right in thinking that these high reputation scores (+60) that so many of the regular users have now... are going to be really hard to get if/when Steemit grows to millions of users?

I imagine that would be the case. If reputation starts to play a more important role (which I suspect it will based on the conversations I've had) now is a great opportunity to build your reputation.

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