Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker
Yes, and we take our reputation system on Overclock.net very seriously. It is the way in which we manage For Sale rights and privileges and allows us to safely (theoretically) "trust" other people we have never met on the net to give them money, lol.
So, you can see why we take it so seriosuly.
That is a part of it, of course, but there's more to it. When a rep system works perfectly, a high rep count shows a member has spent a lot of time and effort helping others and is highly respected in the community. Our system is by no means perfect; a lot of quality posts do not receive the reps they deserve and a lot of reps are given for frivolous things. Some oddball reps here and there don't greatly skew the system, however, but massive abuse does remove all validity from the system and is thus responded to harshly. Plus there's the principle of someone trying to get something for nothing. Respect can't be "acquired"; it has to be earned.