Originally Posted by Mariana Trench
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).
I've given DerekB multiple neg reps in this thread, I'll admit to that. That's a bit petty on my end. I have excuses-I've not been feeling top notch for the last few days, I'm going through emotional cleansing, etc.-but none of that matters. I did what I did and good or bad, I have to live with that. None of my personal stuff is your problem, Derek.
On the other hand, I do stand by what I've said, and I don't think a few extra neg reps is all that significant when I haven't used it as a medium for insults or otherwise said things I wouldn't say right here in a public post.
Derek, just because you say "it's not sexist" or "it's not ad hominem" doesn't make it so. I don't like you. I don't like anything you've posted. I disagree with your stance but that is the least of my issues with you. I've gone out of my way to articulate what I think and why and if your only response to that is, "don't neg rep me because you don't agree with me" then we're done because you have completely missed the point.
I'm convinced you're here to troll. If you're not, step up your game and show us what you can really do. I want to hear good arguments from pro-lifers. I want a legitimate challenge. Address some of the posts which point out logical fallacies and ad hominems, show us why you have a case. If you can't do that, then what's the point?