The good news is that I think we have something nice here. I just hope it doesn't ruin the environment of the forum since this system has never been applied here before. The new system will surely change the dynamics of this forum for the better, I believe, or at least hope. First, what has changed: * You can now vote a post up or down by hitting the rate button on the bottom of each post. You can only vote per post and it's NOT anonymous. If you want to see who has voted on a specific thread you can see by hitting the rate button whether you want to rate the post or not. I don't have a way of notifying anyone whether someone's post was rated up or down, but each user has a Dollar amount under his avatar. You can track your own money just by looking there and knowing where you have posted. * I didn't stop at rating threads manually. You will get dollar for starting a thread, by how many replies/views the thread generates. You will NOT get too many dollars for views amount, unless they are very excessive. However, the replies rewards are quite fair. * I also didn't stop at having people accumulate dollars for no reason. In this respect I've added a Thumbs Up Store in which a few functions can be bought. You can NO LONGER change your avatar via user control panel. You will need to buy that, or any other changes. To see all of the "merchandise" that can be purchased you can hit Thumbs Up Store link at the top of the forum's home page. Also, know that there will be real rewards in the future in the store not just things pertaining to the forum. * Post of the Week/Month Posts will gain you dollars. I am not sure how much to give out for the winner of the PoW but we can debate that later. There's real incentive now. * Your dollar amount will DEcrease when deleting post/thread * If you wish to donate money to a fellow member, this forum will automatically send the receiver a PM (private message) telling him/her how much and the reason. * Thumbs Up Store has Top10 Richest Persons. * Members get rewarded 50 dollars when they refer a new member. In the near future, I will be adding more functionality to this system like quizzes that will earn you money for getting them right, Red/Yellow cards (like in Soccer) for people who are inflammatory--you can purchase a reprieve via the Thumbs Up Store by the way, add your own smilies reward, and much much more. Now the disclaimer: 1. The term dollars on this forum relates to fake money, not real dollars. I am under no obligation to reward, award, donate real money to anyone for any reason. If you do not like the system do not participate. 2. If I find ANYone abusing this system for any reason and any means--which includes creating a new user profile in order to vote up or down a post[er], you will not only be banned from the store (yes there is a feature to do this based on per member basis) but this site. I think I am being fair here and all we, the forum staff, would like in return is for fair play. Just know that I *will* know who is abusing this. Please folks, it's a system of fun, let's have some. A special thanks to Domhain who drove me nuts for getting this system installed. Special Favor: I need to take the "rate" button and make it a bit better for each one of the three styles. Those of you who are graphically inclined please contact me via PM.