You can get a positive reputation just from simply giving others a positive reputation.
This means that everyone will have a positive reputation and it means that reputation doesn't actually mean anything.
It just deceives you into thinking you are a good member but you are getting positive reputation just so that the other members can get positive reputation.. because if they dont upvote you then they wont get any positive reputation either.
Someone who has a good reputation will rarely very rarely get downvoted posts as well because whoever downvotes someone elses post receives minus reputation as well.
So it's often not worth it to downvote others posts because you don't want to lose your own reputation.
And if you happen to have the bad luck to start off with a bad reputation then it's impossible to get a good reputation.
Because other users can downvote your posts without getting a penalty themselves.
Also if a user with negative rep downvotes someone else then the target doesnt actually get negative rep.
and the following im not 100% sure off but negative rep users get bigger negative hits every time.
I noticed for example i had a message that said I had -9 points in a specific thread... so i took a look and saw only 2 downvotes.
thats more negative points than I can get from an entire day of upvoting other users posts because of the daily cap.
And the deception?
People think this reputation system matters, they treeat it like a holy thing etc.
if someone has a green number next to their name then its most likely good info he is saying.
and the higher the number the more valueable it has to be.
if someone has a red number then you dont even need to read it just downvote before reading it since you dont take a penalty for doing that.
if he has red number then it cant be anything good.
Personally I don't care about my red number..
but it is a bit sad that people judge me before reading my posts just because they see the red number.
oh and I almost forgot.
there was a female moderator, i think she is the one who made this system.
she was talking about that you should only press the downvote or upvote buttons for this or that reason.. you shouldnt do it for that reason. etc
but buttons can't read humans minds.
there's nothing stopping them from pressing it for whatever reason they want.
they can do it just because they can.. even from being bored.
like i said theres no penalty for downvoting red users.
and sometimes i just upvote randomly without reading their posts just so i can get a few positive reps.
Edited by glhf, 09 December 2012 - 03:46 AM.