What does that number next to our username mean?

@ratty79 (284)
United States
December 21, 2006 2:17am CST
Mine keep changing from time to time
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• United States
22 Dec 06
The number in the () is the amount of points you have earned.
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@perugu (5281)
• India
21 Dec 06
hi,that is mentioned as RATING of a user ,increasing by your participation.....adding one by one while participating giving responses...
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• India
21 Dec 06
Is the point or your ratings.If your attend any discussions this point increases.
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• Australia
21 Dec 06
its how many posts u have, the more you have, the higher it goes up
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Dec 06
It's the number of how many posts you've responded to or put up a topic for.
@ratty79 (284)
• United States
30 Dec 06
Thanks, I got it now. I was wondering how some people got such a high number even though they just join.