Yep, I agree.
Just because your biggest problem(i.e. TinyE) is gone doesn't mean you need to leave rude remarks for other users.
There are a few trolls, scammers and crap people who frankly deserved their reputation.
So, be careful about who you're going to trust here.
Some, yes, but sadly also a good number are just targets of someone else with bots/alts and too much time on their hands.
The rep system is currently the only way to deal with another bot problem: spam.
You need to earn rep to be able to post links, so newly created accounts can't do it which effectively prevents spam bots from posting links, even if they manage to post their silly messages.
It didn't help against the Bahbah Jee spam, now did it? :|
And also the 'downvote' is the first step for spam reporting, you can only report a post as spam if you downvoted it first.
They could put that button aside from that button/function, like other forums, if they put some effort in.
So they can't simply turn off the rep system, or else either nobody or everybody (including spam bots) can post links, and reporting spam would become impossible - or abused instead of the downvote button.
Turning off the r*p system wouldn't necessarily mean stopping link posting for everyone. I am sure there are workarounds to stop spammers yet allow good posters to post...also as said above: That rep system/etc doesn't stop thread flooding.
Also others can still abuse the spam button as well if they so choose(though they shouldn't)...it just takes twice as many clicks.
We've made countless suggestions how to at least improve the rep system like:
- disable downvote, or all voting, if you have < 10 rep yourself (would prevent rep abuse via alt-accounts)
- make up-/downvotes public (if you push that button, you show your face)
- allow only a certain number of votes per day
Let's be honest....if it were most other sites they'd be doing these things....but gog is cheap with such things and wants to spend more money and time on it's "steam k*ller" galaxy 2.0
The current "report as spam" button does not report anything to any blue. If enough people press this, the post will simply be deleted. And if it's the first of a thread, the thread will go too.
That is pants on head ret*rded(pardon my french).
So if you remove the downvote-button, people would use the "report as spam" button to make the "enemies'" posts disappear. Making "report as spam" an "report to blue" button instead of "auto-delete after x reports" is something GOG obviously doesn't want since it would require more manpower to check each and every complaint.
Some could already do this, as I said, by clicking the low rate then report as spam enough times...it just doubles the clicks needed.