Reputation points

As the name implies, Reputation points allow you to earn points based on quality contributions on Microsoft Q&A and use them as a way to show your reputation to other users.

How to earn Reputation points

You can earn reputation by first participating and contributing positively to the community on Microsoft Q&A. Then, as others recognize your contribution (say by somebody accepting your answer as correct), you’ll receive reputation points.

Below is a table that shows the activities we track in the recognition system and the points associated to those activities. There are many activities that award zero (0) points - those are listed to help you understand what we deem as quality contributions. Also note that not all activities in this list will appear in your profile activity feed; for instance negative actions are not listed publicly.

Activity Points earned
You sign in into Microsoft Q&A for the first time 1
Your feedback gets approved 50
One of the feedback you voted for gets approved 5
You have content reported for moderation -10
You had content reported for moderation and the moderator subsequently found it did not require action 10
You received a vote to a question, answer, comment, or feedback item 5
You accepted an answer on a question you posted 20
A user accepted your answer 75

What happens when my content gets reported to moderation?

When your content gets reported for moderation, you will get 10 points removed from your reputation score. Once the moderator reviews the report you will:

  • Get back the 10 points if the moderator rejects the report, as they think it is a valid thread.
  • Permanently lose those 10 points if the moderator finds that your content is in violation of the Code of Conduct and it is deleted from the site.

Examples:

Report rejected: Peter has 100 reputation points and posts a comment. Anne considers Peter’s comment spam and reports it for a moderation. Now, Peter has 90 points (100 – 10 for the report). Rick, a moderator, reviews the report and decides that the report is not valid and the thread is legitimate. So he rejects the report. Peter gets his 10 points back, so he is back at 100 points.

Report accepted: Peter has 100 reputation points and posts a comment. Anne considers Peter’s comment spam and reports it for a moderation. Now, Peter has 90 points (100 – 10 for the report). Rick, a moderator, reviews the report and decides that the reported content is indeed spam. So he marks it as spam and Peter’s answer gets deleted from the site. Peter ends up with 90 points.

Is there any limit on the amount of points I can earn?

Yes, we have established a daily limit of 500 points a user can earn over a 24-hour period.

What happens to my reputation points if the content gets deleted?

If content gets deleted and you earned reputation points on it, you will lose your reputation points.

Can I have negative reputation points?

No, you will not get negative points. You will get to zero if the total points you have is lower than the total points deducted from your profile if one of you threads gets marked as inappropriate and sent for review by the moderators.