The reputation thing is just a fun way to encourage folks to be on their best behavior and such not that it works or does not work.. I think it can be a positive thing if used properly.
As far as the negative points.. I've been meaning to get into the code/settings and see if there is a way to limit it to positive points only..
Will work on that.. meantime everyone just scroll on down the page if you see something you don't like.
Definitely don't lose any sleep or get stressed over this place.. it is a great forum (if I do say so myself) but it aint worth getting your heart rate up unless it is just sheer excitement from learnin' sumpin' new about smoking meat..
Just my opinion of course