|Note: Information regarding stars is outdated. Stars were removed from profiles, although "levels" are still gained by contributions to the site as noted herein.|
You accumulate points for frequently using DSLReports.com ... you cannot see your current points but the system stores them as "levels".
As points are accumulated you will gain levels, up, which you can see by using the "members" link in the left menu, and "capabilities".
Points are awarded for:
Team Icons: Posted by Sheesh
indicates membership of Team Discovery (United Devices)
indicates membership of Team Starfire (Seti)
indicates membership of Team Helix (Folding/Genome)
To qualify for one of the spinners shown above, you must first join that team and then go to Members/Extra and fill out Why Did I Join. You should have your team spinner by the next day.