As this generated some little confusion, here's a breakdown on how the reputation system works.
Hopefully this will clarify any doubts on the matter
New users have low power, active and veteran users gain more power. The more power you have the more you can vote during a specified period of time and the more influence you can have on the rating of another user or post.
Users can choose during voting how much power they will spend on a vote, giving more points to interesting posts.
Users start off with 1 power (which you can use to upvote ONE time a post) and you can end up getting a maximum of 5 power (THREE upvotes per post). This is how you gain power (Unfortunately few users were already high power enough when i nerfed it, so some of them can actually do 3 likes at once)
- Every 1200 posts you gain +1 power
- Every 80 days you have been part of the forum you gain +1 power
- Every 120 upvotes received you gain one power.