Hi, I was prompted yesterday, something like "you have been awarded reputation points for this question" (Do not know for which question). So is this different from an answer accepted? Who is the awarding authority for these points? Is there some criteria for those points? Thanks in advance.
Basically, as you post questions and answers on the site here, you get voted on your questions and answers by your peers. The more you post answers that are accurate, the more votes you get and the more often you get accepted as the right answer. It's basically a way of keeping score as if this were a game, but over time, in theory, the people with the better answers should rise to the top. The explanation of Karma [link text]in the FAQ is directly related to reputation. The software that was used listed karma points instead of reputation points, but it's the same thing. :
As well as the karmic points for answering questions, there's also the opportunity to "award points" provided under answers. I assume that someone clicking on that is responsible for some of my karmic upticks of late - the ones where, rather than saying > "<<user>> voted up your > answer", say > "<<user>> awarded an extra 10 reputation points to You". Quite how ***that*** system works doesn't appear to be described in the FAQ.