Keep em cause it's useful to see who has contributed a lot to the site. I do look at that number occasionally to help put a strange post in context. I also really appreciate getting a comment saying 'good post, it encourages me to improve the signal/noise ratio of my own posts.
Changes that may help:
1) Automatically add posters name to their comments. Bad behavior on the internet usually leaves along with anonymity IMO.
2) I think a particular user should be limited in the negative rep they can give in any given time period.
3) There should also be some 'cost' associated with giving negative rep, purhaps you get a 'whine' point that is displayed along with your rep
4) Positive only rep isn't a bad idea either, simple solution. However I do think the idea of getting negative rep is helpful for maintaining community, although as stated before bad posts usually get punished in a more direct way anyway.
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Last edited by tenuki; 01-21-2008 at 03:32 PM.