Meta-PokéBase Q&A
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How do you get points here for me it says score: 161 ranked 7 what does that mean?

EDIT: now a year later I am ranked 5 with 22,606 points

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You can gain points through the following methods. All of these amounts are the same across each section.

  • All users gain 20 points for making their first post on a section. Think of it like a sign-up bonus ;)
  • If your question or answer is up-voted, you gain 10 points.
  • If your question or answer is down-voted, you lose 10 points.
  • Having your answer selected as the best gives you 20 points.
  • Selecting an answer as the best on your question gives you 2 points.
  • For down-voting a post, you will lose 2 points. (This is to discourage people downvoting for no reason.)

Some intricacies of the system that may interest you:

  • Any points gained or lost are retained when a post is hidden, unless it was a ‘best answer’; in that case, both the 20 points and 2 points are foregone.
  • Hidden posts with no dependent posts beneath them are deleted periodically, in which case all points involving the post are removed.
  • You cannot gain more than 200 points from upvotes on one post; if you receive a 21st upvote or more, you won't receive any more points from it.

To view your points total, access your profile page and look under the ‘activity’ heading. You can access your profile page by clicking your username — a link can always be found above the top navigation bar.

Please note that your points total is different for each section; so any score you earn on the main section is not transferable to Meta, and vice versa.

See also the list of privileges and required points — gaining points awards extra abilities.

This answer is up to date as of 4 June, 2018.

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pokemaster, i was just curious what would happen if someone had an answer, then got so many down votes that he/she would total less than 0 points so he/she would have -something points.
unless it acts like the pomeg berry glitch (and other core series glitches) where a  negative number = highest possible value eg 1,000,000points.
yours indubitably: loomhigh123555
People can have negative points. If you get downvoted enough, your points will start going into the negatives.
I just opened my account today and I didn't get 20 points):
Thank you! I was just asking a question on freeze-dry’s effectiveness on Pokémon and it said I needed 100 points to make the tag “freeze-dry”. But how do you check points?
You can check your points by viewing your account page — you can go to it by clicking your username anywhere on the site. I’ll add this to the answer, actually.
Be aware though, your points total is different for each section. You gain points the same way everywhere on the site, but points you earn here on Meta don’t contribute to your score on the main section, and vice versa.
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You can get Points by:

  1. You start with 20 as a base.
  2. Asking questions gets you 2 points.
  3. Answering questions gets 2 points.
  4. If someone votes your question or answer up, you gain 10 points.
  5. If someone chooses your answer as a best answer, you get 20 points.
  6. If you choose an answer to your question as Best, you get 4 points.

You can lose points by:

  1. If your answer or question is rated down you lose 10 points.
  2. If you vote an answer down you lose 2 points (but they may end up coming back later)
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Nice point system! ;)
...And then Pokemater answers...
Wait! Your answer is false!
Bad Swampert! :(
Gosh. "Answered May 22, >>>2010<<<, not recent. It's an old answer, just a suggestion, don't make useless comments like that on answers 3 years old :)
says the person 3 days late to reply >.<