Originally Posted by DerekB
Cado, the arguments I made were plenty thoughtful. I did not use ad-hominem attacks or logical fallacies. Just because you disagree with me doesn't mean that you should resort to petty methods of "getting me back".
If the rep system were about petty methods of getting someone back we'd abolish it. It's not. It's not about likes and dislikes--it's about having a method of feedback that leaves users accountable to other users. Generally, it's best to make a public statement as well, positive or negative (especially negative), but the rep adds an extra layer of accountability. Can it be abused? Absolutely. But there are checks for that (like needing a certain amount of posts and rep to rep).