How does “Reputation” work?
I have looked at the FAQ and am confused about who gets to vote and if a certain reputation is required to vote, and if so, when you earn that privilege.
You earn the ability to vote up at 15 reputation and vote down at 125 reputation. Anyone who meets that criteria can vote on any question or answer.
Everyone with 15 reputation can upvote questions and answers.
Everyone with 125 reputation can downvote questions and answers.
You vote by clicking the upward pointing triangle to the left of the question or answer you wish to upvote, or clicking the downward pointing triangle of the question or answer you wish to upvote.
You can generally vote on any question or answer that you have not already voted on. Occasionally some questions or answers will be "locked" which disallows voting, but this is rare.
However, there are many more types of voting available as you gain more reputation. Unless otherwise specified both answers and questions are referred to as posts:
At 15 reputation you can Flag a post, noting that it is abusive, spam, offensive, or you can write a note to the moderators asking that the post receive specific attention for a problem. Below the post there's a link for
At 3,000 reputation you can vote to close a question, or open a closed question. Similar to the flag, there's a link below each question labeled
At 10,000 reputation you are able to vote to delete a closed question after it has been closed for at least 2 days. Once enough people have voted to delete a closed question, it is removed from the public website, and from anyone with under 10,000 reputation. You can view deleted posts if you have 10,000 reputation or more.
At 15,000 reputation you can vote to protect a question, which makes it so only registered users with a small amount of reputation can add new answers to a protected question.
At 20,000 reputation your ability to vote to delete a closed question can be used immediately after a question is closed - you don't have to wait two days, however it still requires more than one vote.