Do you find that people reject negative criticism in general? What do you mean that the membership ultimately 'rejects' neg reps? I don't think having someone respond to you strongly in regards to negative criticism is necessarily a sign that they have rejected your point of view. They may integrate your perspective in a way that is meaningful to themselves. Of course, they are going to question criticism and challenge it a little. I'd be worried about the person if they didn't.
Having said that, if I actually felt strongly enough to criticize someone, I'd prefer to communicate openly about it. The rep field comment isn't actually the most conducive way of encouraging open discussion. A private message would do better if it warrants privacy or simply discussing the matter in the thread will do.
Originally Posted by James81
Are you kidding? The membership here has by and large ultimately rejected any form of negative rep. People flip out when they get a negative rep, even if the neg rep was "deserved." I do not agree that this membership base is mature enough to handle neg rep. This membership base can't even handle curse words yet. In fact, they can't even handle the astericks that star out curse words. We've got a long way before we are mature enough to handle something like negative feedback.