Get more points

In short, the more active you are in the community and the better your contributions, the more points you get. The more points you get, the more badges and ribbons you can earn and proudly display on your profile!

Types of points

There are three types of points that you can earn in the community: 

  • Engagement points
  • Contribution points
  • Reputation points

Engagement points are given for nearly every action you take in the community. Contribution and reputation points are a subset of engagement points. In some cases, one action can award you all three types of points.

List of actions

The following lists actions you may take in the community and the types of points tied to those actions:

Action
Engagement
Contribution
Reputation
Your post is marked best answer or is recommended by others X X X
You update your bio, demographics, job history, or contact information X
You update your education details X X
You invite and/or add new contacts X
You read a post X
You write a post X X
You post files or images X X
You view library entries X
You comment on a library item X X
You send or receive personal messages X
You explore multiple areas/pages of the community X

View your points

If you are active enough in the community, you may accrue enough points to be one of our "Most Active Members," in which case you can see your points from the home page. However, if you're not quite there yet, you can also see your points by doing the following:

  1. In the upper-right corner, click the drop-down next to your picture and select Profile.
  2. Click My Contributions and select Summary.
    Your points appear in the bottom-right.