To answer my own question, the most 'obvious' answer that came to my mind in regards to the value of positive rep is simply that it makes people feel good seeing it. I like it seeing it, at least. And conversely, an 'obvious' response to neg rep is that it doesn't feel good. But after thinking about it, I honestly don't think I would feel bad if I got a neg-rep from someone like Aelle or Criseyde. That is because I trust their character and integrity well enough to know that their comment is most likely coming from a place of respect rather than a place of resentment and passive aggressiveness. I certainly wouldn't jump up and down with glee seeing a neg rep, but I would respectfully accept it and then choose to discuss it if I felt so inclined.
If I received a snarky neg rep, I'd most likely ignore it as I ignore snark in threads for the most part.
Originally Posted by ZephyrusX
I do see merit in the fact that the neg rep system does not foster good communication in it self. In regards to the person I mentioned before, we switched the conversation over to PM. But then, positive rep doesn't foster good communication in it self either. Half the time, I don't even know why people are repping me. Should we get rid of it as well? Would we really lose anything of value if we got rid of it?