Wheel Man for SCOTT STEINER
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Re: Do you care about rep?
Not really, but I'm aware of it from time to time, if only because my weak rep level means that my bar rises or falls depending on who reps me and which colour they send. I rarely remember to hand it out to others so I can't say I care much.
I think of the rep system as a mild indicator of who is either insightful, funny or popular – or all three. Those who are at full red or green are likely standouts in some way, good or bad, or have been so in the past. That doesn't make their opinions better (or worse) or more important. There are loads of underrated posters being brilliant in less visited sections of the forum where they collect a lot fewer squares than they would in a place such as Rants or Sports.
It would be handy if rep reliably indicated who would be more likely to entertain (in any form, trollishness included) or be worth peeking at when skimming a crowded thread but it really doesn't accomplish that since so much of it is friendly repping back and forth, something accumulated eons ago when the poster was more active or was given out for reasons like sig appreciation or fandom-biased hate.