Another observed instance of abusing the reputation system is where two (or more) members agree to continuously increase each other's reputation. This is also an unacceptable behavior.
As stated when we announced the forum reputation system was enabled, the usage of the reputation system is being monitored. Those abusing or trying to game the system will suffer consequences, up to and including permanent ban.
As a result of abuse, several members have already received multi-day suspensions and / or had their ability to assign reputation points disabled.
Reputation is no longer being displayed in the user profile. Think of it more as a per-post type thing now.
Edited by d3bruts1d, 02 August 2010 - 01:41 AM.