I agree completely with regards to this forum. For instance, someone just gave me negative feedback with the comment "sure are mouthy for a new guy." This person, as far as I am concerned, is a coward. If you're going to make a comment like this then at least man up and own it.
That's the problem with negative feedback. It is too often abused by those that like to hide behind a veil. That's the whole reason why we eliminated it at our other board. That particular board has a tremendous amount of buying and selling (40,000 members) so negative feedback was a necessary evil. But, even though it was something that had some good qualities to it, we still deemed it necessary to eliminate it.
This particular board, in my opinion, really has no need for the negative karma option. We are simply giving opinions and as such people can just move on if they don't like what is being said. But, if someone crosses over the line and insults other etc then I am confident the mods will address it as necessary.
Jeff, if you need help on how to remove the negative karma option just let me know and I can get the info from the programmer.