Join Date: Dec 2002
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
I think it is a function of three things: when you first registered as a user; how many posts you make; and whether or not you get "votes" up or down from other users. I say this because I originally registered in December 2002 and when the site was going downhill I stopped posting for quite awhile. When I found that the site had been revitalized I started posting again and I went from "1" to "2" after posting 50 times, then went quickly to "four" after getting an "attaboy" from another user. I have heard that you can also rate someone negatively.
My theory about when you registered affecting your rep power is based on my own experience and some other newer users, like Sailingdog. He's a prolific poster--over 2,800 posts--and is more knowledgeable than I am on many topics, yet his rep power is only three, compared to my four. I have to believe that it is because he is a relatively new user, having registered in March 2006.
That's my theory. Jeff the Administrator might want to weigh in since he knows the whole story.