The abuse happens once in a blue moon. I think it's more indicative of the persons abusing it rather than a failure of a system. I am not sure if the rep system can be used to some standard. For me, it's a just another fun way of interacting with people, like poking on FB but much more innovative.
(I have not used the neg rep often, just once in fact.)
Originally Posted by ZephyrusX
I don't think neg rep should be disabled. Ideally, I think we ought to have the freedom to choose how to use the rep system as we please, and ideally, I think we ought to be resolving our own problems rather than complaining to the mods, which was essentially my point. If you have the mind that the rep system 'ought' to be used to some standard, then you essentially have to enforce that standard, which would require moderation. As far as I can see (and I'm assuming), mods have been asked to look into rep misuse because some people think it is not being held to a high enough standard. If we are going to start putting higher standards onto the rep system, we are the moderators willing to moderate this new standard?
I suppose you have a point though. This may be a one time thing where people are complaining about the rep system.