Just want to throw in my $.02. I like the rep system and used it a lot on the Planet before I left. Also I never gave anybody negative rep unless they were a total troll (in which case it didn't matter anyway, since they usually went right to the Asylum or were banned) or the time a guy really pissed me off and that was when I decided to leave the place anyhoo. But if it was just a little tiff I was having with somebody I wasn't even going to bother giving them negative because I wasn't going to change their mind. Otherwise I only left positive. It was just a neat little way of saying that someone really contributed to the discussion and/or said something really clever. I can see how it would turn into a popularity contest, etc. In other words, I liked it but I can see why other people don't like it.