Rog wanted me to explain it more formally. Well, here's wtf is going on:
When someone posts, in the upper-right of their post you will see the post ID# and a few icons. One of them looks like a set of scales.
: Click this to leave "reputation" for a post. Basically you can say whether you especially liked or disliked a post. You will then add or subtract points equal to your "power" from that poster.
Your "power" is equal to 1 point per 100 days since joining and 1 point per 1000 posts. Therefore, someone who has been here for a year and has 5000 posts would have a power of 8. I don't know if your power is formally listed anywhere outside of the super secret admin options, so you'll have to let me know.
The pickle icons under someone's name shows an estimate of their current "reputation" total.
: +100 rep
: -100 rep
I don't really understand the significance of the lighter-colored pickles, but that's the gist of it. If this system ends up being liked, I'll update the graphix for it. If it ends up being lame and unused or a problem, it will be turned off.