You guys do know there's a popup box that asks why you gave or took reputation from someone, right? Just make it manditory.
Besides, I like the rep system. It's cool, but only when used appropriately. People like Blue and Rarity deserve their high reps. Flyingamerboy deserves his negative rep. The rep system is usually somewhat accurate except for with Michael Archer and BTG, but those are the only examples I can think of.
Well they did kind of ask for it (in different ways). Maybe that shouldn't be allowed or something.
I think BTG at first got some negative rep due to one, two topics in the serious topic section where his argument wasn't popular, then he got kind of stuck in an unlikely reversible position and so asked for his position right now as it covers his actual reputation effectively... Anyways, he's in college and not on AF farms as he said "for a while" so forget about that.
Michael Archers' situation is basically Btg's situation without having asked -rep to cover his actual rep with a few other -reps in the free for all section which he got due to some problems with his openmindedness. But I think he likes to be openminded.
I noticed I got some random - rep myself.. without declared reason
However I'm fine with that, I only wish to have enough points to give someone rep when I want to for they deserve it. I already stated a possible solution for that a page ago.
If you want to prevent a BTG case with rep, I suggest you refresh any rep beyond -30 back to 0 to give a chance for the person to recover.
Recovering from -30 to 0 is extremely tough simply because of the prejudice the -30 gives to users and their doubt to give someone like that +rep.
There are other ways to give the negatives a chance to recover.
1. Every + is worth 2 (or a system with even higher points for each + when user has even lower rep) points if you have a negative rep.
2. Higher ranked members give more points per + rep.
3. Rank Titles. Every 5 points the Title changes. At 30 negative or positive points the title stays the same. This system has many beneficial roles one being that people don't just plainly see a -36 and therefore highly doubt to +rep or - rep. Titles will be both interesting and won't give as big an impression as numbers on people.
4. Hide the points but keep the system. Only show the sign before the actual number and 0 when it's neutral: +, -, 0