We had a couple threads on the new "Points" economy, this being the initial one:
The points collecting has been in place for about a month, there is plenty of experimenting to do, but the possibilities are pretty entertaining. I don't think it's a good thing to identify what adds points to your count (you'll figure it out), but I can tell you one key source of points is being online everyday, multiple days in a row at the least. Starting quality topics is rewarding as well.
Points will be able to be used in the future for a number of things including games (like Rock, Paper, Scissors), board actions (username changes, signature changes, entry into premium raffles) and lotteries and a betting shop. The latter two will be around towards football season. Most of all, you can turn in your points earned as a member of this community to buy USF gear, memorabilia and even donate to USF.
There will be more to come on this functionality, but there is a version 1.0 of the points store located here: Points Shop
If you look on the main menu under "More" you should see this as well as some other helpful stats and information. Again, get familiar, more to come on this.