My guess is that much (perhaps most) of the negative feedback given had to do with political-type feelings, rather than anything directly sailing and/or boat related. Be that as it may, I personally don't give a whole lot of weight to "rep power" anyway; I've seen enough completely bogus statements by those with loads of such "rep" to pretty much ignore it. It seems to be more of a bunch of folks giving each other "'atta-boy" back slaps than anything else. Now, some might say, "He's just got his nose outta joint because he doesn't have my 'rep power'!!" But, that isn't true at all. In fact, if the mods want to permanently set my "rep power" to zero, that's fine by me. The whole thing, while probably originally well-intentioned, has become more than a bit clique-ish, IMHO.
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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