The top all time users and the top users every month will be displayed in the Top Users section of the main page of the website. Users can track their point status by looking under their name in the welcome box.
The system is fairly simple. You can earn points for suggesting a news link to be posted to the "From the Web" section of the website, for posting comments on news articles or blogs, or posting replies and creating new threads in the forum. You can also earn points from other users on the site who "Like" your comments or posts. These points will be used to determine the all time and monthly totals for each user. However, you can also lose points in this system. Users can "Dislike" comments with a maximum limit of 1 dislike per comment (and you can only dislike any one person's comments 3 times in a day, to prevent abuse). Additionally, if your post must be deleted for any reason (ie posts determined as abusive or spam), you will lose 20 points.
You can lose points for:
Posting Spammy or abusive comments on news stories, blogs, or in the forum - minus 20
Dislikes from other users - minus 1 per dislike