Originally Posted by Andrew Gubb
Fair enough, though I'm not sure all of your points need reflect on the rep discussion. It's not like neg rep has never been an indispensable communication aid. If anything, it encourages lazy communication (neg rep and we're done - no explanation needed).
Yeah, I can see your point there. With the rep system you can argue it's meaningless or that it's valuable feedback and either side has a case; it's hard to feel strongly about it either way, I just know that I wouldn't disable neg reps on the basis that, if nothing else, it flushes out people who are oversensitive and probably wouldn't be a good fit for the forum. (Or people who are complete and total douches but are too scared to put it out in the open.)
I wonder if this is really a discussion about my own sensitivity. In which case I can say: sure, I could learn to have thicker skin.
That wasn't my intention.