Helmet Stickers are the currency of Eleven Warriors; they're earned by being active and providing solid comments. They're lost for running afoul of our commenting policy.
Each member receives one (1) sticker for a comment, two (2) stickers for posting a forum topic, and a whopping five (5) for posting a blog post. (We actually want to hear your thoughts, you know?)
|Create Forum Topic||50|
|Vote on Other Comments||100|
|Create Blog Post||150|
Now here's the kicker: You can either gain or lose earned stickers when people vote on your comments. We realize that puts people on edge, but we like it. It means our readers – our commentariat – will think before posting most times, and that's a win for everyone.
If you want to comment, you can't fall below -50 stickers. You can't fall below zero if you wish to create a forum topic. You'll need a nice, solid standing of 150 helmet stickers to create a blog post. Remember: with great power comes great responsibility.
Oh, and you must attain 100 Helmet Stickers of your own before you are able to vote on other comments.
If a particularly dumb comment reaches -5 votes, it's unreadable. Once it reaches -10, it's locked. We don't want that to happen often, but we realize that sometimes the trolls come out from below the bridge. Don't be that troll. Don't hold a grudge and downvote people you don't like "just because." Be conscientious and understanding of differing viewpoints; they're what makes the world go 'round.
And finally, don't cry about downvotes. Despite our best efforts to manage the system, they happen. In aggregate, though, the voting works.