what is this star symbal with numbers?

United States
March 30, 2007 2:12am CST
I am observing since couple days,adjacent to name I can see star showing '9'.What does that mean.explain it please?
1 response
@mvsrao (4366)
• India
30 Mar 07
This star denotes the user reputation system . It is available after getting 100 points . for more details abt this, pls see the following discussion started by Mylot : http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/573319.aspx This star rating depends on the quality of our posts as perceived by the other members of Mylot community . see also  : http://www.mylot.com/o/faq/faq11.aspx