I like to contribute a lot to Cisco’s NetPro Forums, now called Cisco Support Community. I’ve been a member since 2005 and love the community since everyone seems to help everyone out a lot. For this particular reason I feel inclined to give back as much as possible. That being said, when you post a reply posters can give you points for how good your response was or how much it helped them. So, that’s one way to get some recognition if you’re actually being helpful.
That being said, there are different levels based on how many points you’ve been awarded. Just recently I reached the gold start level by surpassing 750 points. While I still have a long way to go to catch some of the top contributors who are in the 10s of thousands of points, it does feel nice to hit a small milestone.