You start out with 10 and receive them when you help people. For instance, I could gain a point for answering your question in this thread, if you were kind enough to give me one. Check my sig for more info, or you can view this thread. http://forum.osnn.net/showthread.php?t=3097
Members can only view the number of pips (the green things) another member has got.
You can find out how many points you have by going into the User CP.
Admins/Smods/Mods can go into the Mod CP to see the actual reputation points that a particular member has.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS