All new accounts begin with 50 free points. Asking questions costs you 10 points so you start with enough free points to ask 5 questions without requiring you to be active in our community. After that it is up to you to add points to your account using the point system shown in the chart below if you wish to continue asking questions to our community members.
Users are encouraged to be active in our community to gain points. Our system is designed to reward you for your participation. Helping out others by answering their questions wins you the most points. Users are also encouraged to make friends with other community members as this also earns you both valuable points in addition to networking opportunities.
Ways to Gain Points:
Answer a Question (with existing answers)
up to 35
Answer a Question "First"
up to 70
Choose a "Best Answer"To Your Own Question
Log in to Website
Vote "Thumbs Up" For An Answer
Your Answer Voted "Best Answer"
Your Answer Given "Thumbs Up" Vote
Make a New "Friend"
Someone Becomes Your "Follower"
Ways To Lose Points:
Ask a New Question
Vote "Thumbs Down" For An Answer
Your Answer Given "Thumbs Down" Vote
Your Answer Reported As "Offensive / SPAM"
* repeat offenders will have their account terminated.
User Level System
Our user level system has 10 levels which are explained below. As you continue to pick up points on our site by helping out others you will progress through this level system. Each level brings it's own prestige and will be noted on your account profile page as well as next to your name throughout the site where you have answers.
Progressing to the top levels of this system can be a great way to promote your web or offline business (hint: especially if you answer questions that are closely tied to your industry). Don't be surprised if you make a lot of new friends and start getting private requests to answer questions as your star rises in our community. Remember to always keep your personal profile information up to date to maximize the benefits of participating in our community.
0 to 250
251 to 750
751 to 1500
1501 to 2500
Mid Range Levels
2501 to 5000
5001 to 10,000
10,001 to 25,000
25,001 to 50,000
50,001 to 100,000
100,001 and Up
Badge Reward System
In addition to the Level System users can pick up extra rewards along the way which will also display on your account profile called "badges". Show everyone how much of a superstar you are by trying to earn all of the badges in the list below.
Most badges may be won multiple times so feel free to go after them over and over again to build up your profile power.
How Badge Is Achieved
Receive 100 total thumbs up votes
Receive 250 total thumbs up votes
Ask a question viewed by 100 users
Ask a question viewed by 250 users
Answer with 5 thumbs up votes
Answer with 10 thumbs up votes
Answer with 25 thumbs up votes
Ask a question with 5 subscibers
Ask a question with 10 subscribers
Ask a question with 25 subscribers
Answered 50 questions
Answered 100 questions
Answer voted "Best Answer" by person asking question
5 Answers voted "Best Answer" by people asking questions
Has 20 friends
Has 100 friends
Has 20 followers
Has 100 followers
First answer on 5 questions
First answer on 20 questions
Vote thumbs up on 25 answers
Vote thumbs up on 100 answers
Vote thumbs down on 25 answers
Vote thumbs down on 100 answers
Given to first 10,000 people to register a user account on the site