I see the rep system as an important part of GC. Ive thought this for a long, long time. Rep = Trust in my opinion. When you give someone rep, you are handing out trust. Because once someone earns enough, they can also give it. But if these people are not trustworthy, why should they give out rep? When you see someone with all the bars, you know you are dealing with someone who knows their shit, and doesnt start shit. If it wasnt for the rep system, I think you might see a more rampant forum in terms of hostility and disrespect. I recieved a -rep on a post that had no reason to be given rep, positive or negative. The message I recieved with it was just a period. They had not even posted in the thread. Also, considering that this person probably does not even smoke, there was no reason for them to be in the seasoned tokers section, handing out -rep. This was from someone who had not deserved any rep they had recieved in my opinion, and obviously is too immature to even use the rep system. So. My solution to the problem is to simply make rep reportable. Whether it be directly from the rep box, or indirectly through PM to 2-3 rep specific mods. If a questionable rep comes up. These mods can look at the post, look at the message, and look at the rep given. If it is abuse of the rep system. The giver of the rep will recieve a large deduction in their rep, AND regardless of how high their rep is, be suspended from giving or recieving rep for at least 3-5 days. Also, +rep and -rep should both require messages. The ability for a mod to come in and look at the messages should help keep people from posting nonsense, periods, or just no message in general. Thats my idea. Take it or leave it.