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# Code Project Rating and Reputation FAQ

, 10 May 2010
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This is an FAQ for the ratings and reputation sytems on Code Project. It can be modified by any Silver member.
This is an old version of the currently published article.

### Code Project Mechanics

1. How does voting on articles this work?

The voting system for articles is meant to guide readers to the best articles and advise authors on where they need improvement. If you place a low vote you will be asked to include a comment on why you are giving the author that vote. A vote with no message doesn't help an author. A vote and a 'this is why I voted bad' helps an author improve. A high vote is just a "Thanks - well done!" and doesn't really require a comment suggesting improvements.

Votes are tied to messages. If a voter votes low and leaves a spurious comment (eg. 'asdf') then other members can report that comment as inappropriate and the comment and the vote will be removed.

2. How are ratings calculated?

Articles, messages and many other items on The Code Project have associated with them a Vote Total (Vt), a Weight Total (Wt), and a number of votes (N). When a member votes, the system adds the weight of their vote (dependant on membership level) to Wt, and the rating itself multiplied by their weight to Vt. The rating of an item is then R = Vt / Wt.

If everyone has a weight of 1 then Wt = N, and R = Vt / N. Having differing weights, though, means that when a gold member (weight = 4) and bronze member (weight = 1) vote, the vote is weighted towards the gold:

```Wt = 4 + 1 = 5
Vt = 4 x 5 + 1 x 1 = 21
R = 4.2```

For a ridiculously indepth analysis please read Is CodeProject's Voting system really smart?

3. What happens when some user votes 1?

If someone votes you down in an article and leaves a voting comment, then you can mark that comment for removal and if enough people vote for the voting comment to be removed, the comment and the down-vote are removed.

### Code Project Reputation

1. What is it?
2. Reputation is something you gain - or lose - as you contribute to our communal knowledge base. Posting an article increases your reputation, but posting a bad article that other members down- vote decreases your reputation. If your goal is to increase your reputation then write good articles, vote for other good articles, hope that others in turn vote for your articles, and help out by organising and cleaning up the questions and answers. Vote them up, answer questions, or edit questions and answers that need a little help.

3. How many points are given or lost for particular actions?
4. While this system is now mostly finalised, we welcome feedback and may tweek the points from time to time. For a uses live data report on the Reputation scales, go here: Member Reputation System

5. How does a member's level affect how many points are awarded for a reputation event?
6. It's controlled by the weights assigned. If member who has higher level votes for, say, an article then more points are awarded to the article author rather than if lower level member voted for the same article.

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 My vote of 1 sureshchengaiyan 5-May-14 1:44
 Message Automatically Removed PBGuy 16-Feb-14 19:56
 A big thanks Thales Sarczuk 4-Oct-13 10:46
 Code Project Rating and Reputation FAQ Dhishoom 13-Jul-13 5:44
 Re: Code Project Rating and Reputation FAQ Dave Clemmer 4-Oct-13 7:12
 Member regarding Reputation ridoy 6-Nov-12 7:45
 Re: Member regarding Reputation Chris Maunder 6-Nov-12 14:27
 Can I Remove an Accidental Vote? Robert Ranck 15-May-12 5:28
 Re: Can I Remove an Accidental Vote? enhzflep 15-May-12 7:32
 A glitch? KjellKod.cc 15-Mar-12 20:02
 Error while voting Cholo 24-Jan-12 8:28
 Re: Error while voting Chris Maunder 24-Jan-12 8:34
 Re: Error while voting Cholo 24-Jan-12 8:58
 privileges decided based on number of points? Pankaj Chamria 17-Jan-12 22:57
 Re: privileges decided based on number of points? jth42 14-Dec-13 4:13
 Who votes high or low? TCP_JM 11-Sep-11 20:07
 Re: Who votes high or low? Chris Maunder 12-Sep-11 5:00
 Re: Who votes high or low? TCP_JM 12-Sep-11 19:48
 Re: Who votes high or low? Chris Maunder 13-Sep-11 1:09
 Re: Who votes high or low? TCP_JM 14-Sep-11 3:52
 Info about total reputation Mario Majcica 27-Jun-11 23:40
 Re: Info about total reputation Chris Maunder 28-Jun-11 1:55
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