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Reputation Points are a way to recognize and reward community members for their contributions and expertise. As you participate in the community by asking and answering questions, commenting on posts, and voting on content, you earn points that contribute to your overall reputation score.
Your reputation score is a measure of your standing within the community and can be seen by other members. It reflects your level of participation, the quality of your contributions, and the value you add to the community.
In addition to recognizing your contributions, a higher reputation score can give you some benefits such as unlocking new privileges, such as the ability to vote on certain types of content, ability to edit other user's posts, access to private messaging, etc.
Microsoft also recognizes the top contributors of the community with awards, such as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and the Microsoft Tech Community Profile Badge program. These programs recognize community members who have demonstrated exceptional contributions and expertise in a particular area or technology.
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