I've been on repl for a while but I don't know what cycles are. Like i've seen them but I am not sure how to get them/what they are for.
Cycles are basically useless internet reputation points, kinda like karma on reddit or reputation on stack overflow. You get 1 cycle when someone upvotes your post/comment (the arrow next to your post name/comment) or if they select your answer as correct (+5 cycles).
The number of cycles you have are indicated by the number in paranthesis; for example you have 1, and I have a little over 4000.
As I said, cycles do not have any value, thought it is rumored repl.it might add a system to use them or something.
But don't worry too much about cycles, just focus on coding and having fun! :D
Cycles are free points that you can give to people. Upvoting a comment or post if you think it's good or have the same question gives the user cycles. Marking someone's answer as correct gives them 5 cycles.
Basically it lets people know how active / good / experienced another user is, and also see if they are new to the replit talk page.
Beyond that, they're a useless way to spend your time :D