You can earn points in many ways. If a MOD feels you deserve some, then they can dish you out some! Participating in competitions and themes can win you points, and winning them will gain you even more! You will know you recieved points cause a comment will be left with how many you won.
Spending your points:
You can spend your points to buy icons, headers, promo posts, a deciding vote in a competition, an extra strike, or even a auto accept or reject.
A header - 200 points
Auto accept - 200 points
Auto reject - 200 points
Extra strike - 150 points
Promotion post - 50 points
Winning vote (in competitions) - 100 points