what does the number beside my nickname means??

@gina86 (16)
February 10, 2010 1:22am CST
I am new at this ok, so I have noticed that I have a number (2) beside my nickname so it looks like gina86 (2) .. what does it mean?? Is it the number of responses I have received from my discussions??
2 responses
@owlwings (39880)
• Cambridge, England
10 Feb 10
It's called your User Rating and it is related to your participation. You will find that it increases: 1) When you post a discussion AND you have got at least one response 2) When you post a response or a comment to a discussion (but only for the first response and first comment that you make to that discussion; if you make a second response or comment, your user rating does not increase (but you will still earn for them, depending on the quality). See the FAQs on User Ratings for more information.
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Yes It's the number of discussion you post & participate or comments. Soon they will rate you on the top of your name with a star.It's one to ten scale.