It looks like I'm going to need to explain a few things....
I hope my "will rape for food" avy keeps your attention enough to at least brace for this tl;dr...
We specifically said that no matter what you voted for, it didn't necessarily mean that we were going to perform that action.
We could do option one (though I personally dislike this one)
We could do option two (which makes a bit more sense to me, but hey...I'd rather follow Mad Stan's philosophy and blow the whole thing up..or just stop caring about it myself).
We could make it a free-for-all. (S_S would love this)
We could keep it as is. (which we knew most of you would vote for anyway thus why it wasn't even a poll option)
We could even change the rules around!
Staff members believe the system is flawed due to the increasing amount of rep complaints and abuses we've been having to look into...so we wanted a solution for the question "how do we make the rep system less flawed?"
Staff members inherently believe that "repwhoring is bad" because it defaces what "rep" was originally intended to do...feedback and how contributive a member is. For some reason we wish to get rep to fairly show who is a contributive member and who is just a basic spammer and troll
Some staff members believe that repwhoring is cheating a system (that is quite arbitrary anyway) due to a lack of feasible contributions.
Some staff members are thinking for the little guy, yet think the reason why people whore is to neg people with a bigger neg PUNCH (which isn't necessarily true...whoring happens to stroke egos...but stroking egos does give some of you guys too much power to ruin a newbies day and thus come whining to us and then we (the smods and admins) go looking into the comment left and only find an image of yamato wood or a big red
rooster which ends up getting you and your friends rep sealed and then we get a bitchfest from both sides...just really puts us off and we get more complaints than most people in this thread probably think we get).
Don't deny it...gang negs on noobies and other members have been done for ridiculous reasons. It certainly doesn't help seeing the "order of the red cock", or members of GB and UG, etc. go through this...nor is it "fun" having to deal with the latest victim of a mass neg from a group formed by members with the largest rep powers who may or may not have gotten their reps from non-contributive manners (and no "being inherently awesome" doesn't count
Some staff members are like Spy Smasher and only want to see the world burn (ha I knew I'd get a TDK reference in here somewhere)
Also, we should probably mention that removing the ranks after 500k, instead of 100k, has been discussed. We'd just change the last rank to "member has won the game CONGRATS!" The reason why impossible ranks are even being considered for removal is because they are impossible to obtain. duh.
Giving people a goal is great...but even some goals are completely unrealistic. Make it possible for anyone to win the rep game. When you've won the rep game, it doesn't necessarily mean you can't find a new game to play amirite? So we change the last rank to you "winning" at some contest for internet numbers and then you go off and want to win at another game like the contests and being the most awesome member ever award. Or make a new game amongst your friends on who can reach the next level of 100k and force your friends to make a set for you about how you won amongst them
(since we'd be removing the whoring rules with option 2 so we wouldn't really care about your new game as long as comments didn't derail a thread)
Back to the point I guess...We wanted to see what you guys thought between the two most "extreme" solutions of the question "how do we make the rep system less flawed"
In no way does this mean we'll actually remove negs or remove "reputation" from the rep power equation.
And hey...most of all...you guys can use this as a platform as to how you'd think the rep system could be better (of course let's be feasible here...you'll need to come up with something we can implement without the help of M.Bison and Tazmoholic)...so I guess changing up the rules
Sure this isn't a democracy, but we like to take serious suggestions seriously
So if you guys have some intuitive suggestions on how you'd think the rep system could be better, now would be a good time to bring up ideas.
(and god damn it if this appears as the last post in the thread or if my last point about you guys giving your input on how to make the rep system better is ignored, I'm fucking locking this thread so you guys are forced to read it *lol counter-intuitive FTL*).