Negative reps? To me there's nothing negative about them. Whenever I get one, it means I must be doing something right.
For a long while there was sort of a clique on these forums. By clique, I mean a group of very frequent posters who had a bit of a habit of stating their opinions as objective fact, on all manner of topics, and if anyone said anything different or disagreed with them many others would rush to the clique member's defense and silence the dissenter. Of course it happens on many forums.
That's why I believe the status quo should always be pushed, within the forum guidelines, of course. New and challenging ideas prevent stagnation.