You want rep? Win the (required) attention of the community... A Different GuideReputation is good. I know. It helps you move from a level to another. Both in real life and TI ;) You want some rep and you are finding it hard to gain some. I remember the days when I was thinking, what can I do?
Well, there is a really good thread that VectorKing had posted. You should check it out. It is great and really well written. How to earn your rep and be an asset to the community.
What I have to suggest here, is a bit different, having to do with how you can win the attention needed for someone to rep you, but not difficult though. Who knows, maybe you will even make friends…
Understand that you are a part of a community. Many think that this is just an invite providing site. They just come, get one-two invites and they are gone. Alright. But what would a community value? What could a new member do, so that others would appreciate him/her?
First of all, and I know that for some it may be late, but you should make a good introduction. Not saying too little, not saying too many. I have gained rep points in the past from my introduction and it wasn’t something that special. I still do.
Ok, so you didn’t know about this back then. What can you do now?
Let us know who you are by posting and talking about yourself or adding things to your profile page. What do you like? There is a general discussion section and even though most posts don’t count there, it is a great place to “present” you.
Also, what are your talents/abilities? There is a help section … maybe you are good with computers or coding… You have faced some tracker issues in the past and now you know the solutions that some seek. Or maybe you have been using Photoshop since you were a teen, but you can’t find someone to show your talent. We have a Graphic Design section. Offer your services. We need good avatars and sigs and we “pay” well for them ;) Don't forget to make a good avatar for you as well.
Thread names are also important: Hmm… You made a tutorial and spent all that time on it, but 2 weeks passed and you have only 10 views. Change the title to something interesting. Let us know about it*. Most members, even though they check the new posts, do not click on them…
So, you know a possible date that a tracker that -many seek for- will open its gates? Do NOT name the thread “The 10th of April is the possible date for HDChina…”, instead name it: “HDChina opens its gates?” … a question is always catchy, it will bring in even those who don’t care about that tracker, but they love to answer questions and converse. [also these people usual have good rep power ;)]
*Visit the IRC and be active. Don’t just stand there observing. Participate. You can just laugh at some joke. Others need to know you are there. Some people give rep to members for just being there.
Do not be a smart a.. …People don’t like those who know that they are clever and abuse it (to make others feel inferiors maybe?). It may gain you some rep points in the beginning, but that kind of attitude will “take them away” eventually. If you are smart, help the community using your brains. Make useful and productive posts, suggestions, help catching traders and liars or just spend some time in the Brain Stew.
You just saw a mistake? Do not post beneath it showing your superiority. Yes, we know that you want to help. So you can pm that member and show him/her his/her mistake politely. Do not report that post if it is not that serious. Mods do have a lot of work, they don’t need more. Show your good side and rep points will come.
Check the people that have gained many rep points Member List - Torrent Invites - Get your free bittorrent tracker invitations! . Check their profiles. What did they do? What was so special about them? The answer is to start being active. All of them, each one at his/her sector, spent time for the community. These people also value and appreciate active members and these people have huge rep power. Let them know you exist. [Try not to fall into the “spam trap”. This is not good.] Post to their threads or a mod’s thread. I am sure that you will find some of them interesting, so it won’t be difficult for you to find something to say.
Give rep to others. There isn’t a better way to show your appreciation here. You saw a useful post? Rep the member who posted it now. Remember: “You may be lucky enough to receive the same Reputation back in turn” ;) Check Trevor's post How to earn your rep and be an asset to the community.. It is great.
We are all humans and we do like others to appreciate us and show us some <3. So, I will give my max rep power to everyone that posts here suggesting something new, it doesn’t have to do with rep only, you can suggest ways to be social and make friends as well (that will certainly bring rep). If it is interesting enough, I will add it here, posting your name next to it, so that others may rep you as well if they want. (I will add anything that will cross my mind on the way too).
Above all, Smile...