Originally Posted by djriful
It's to avoid scams on Marketplace forums and spammers. It's a requirement for them to put effort in order to access higher level in some area of the forums.
So people won't go make multi accounts and fake one to mess around the forums system and destroy this wonderful community.
Pretty much that. I know quite a few members on Head-Fi that did just that. They'd make multiple accounts just to increase their "trader feeback" rating. Although they sold legit items, it doesn't put the community in a good light. That's why they got banned
Anyways, just view the 35 rep as a challenge. I've learned a lot trying to make constructive posts on OCN (about myself, and about the content that I'm typing). My advice if you want some rep is to make constructive, well thought out, unbiased posts. Yeah, it takes time, and you may not get repped for some of your posts, but it's a win-win. You learn more when trying to make good posts, and you help the community in the process.