I've been away from the forum for ~5-6 months, busy receiving my final credits for one of my bachelor degrees. I recently became active in the forum again, and to my surprise, I had been given negative reputation. For what you may ask? It seems, the user "BlackRat" had not necessarily agreed with my opinion about scamming, seen here: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blackhat-lounge/279163-wake-up-call-read.html#post2510525 My comment was respectful, full of absolutely no insults, just sharing my opinion like the rest of us members. Blackrat thought that this deserved negative rep, for what reason? Well, the comment under the negative reputation says "You are Blind" This is what the negative reputation button is for? Now, I sent BlackRat a private message stating that if he had a problem with my comment, to talk to me about it: don't give me negative rep. He responded: "There there, added you another one. Happy now? And please stop posting "thanks" or "thanks much appreciated" as it´s clearly stated in the rules that such acts tend to be seen as attempts to increase post count only, wheter be it or not what you are trying to accomplish. Such garbage add nothing to the forum as you may realize now. Mwahahahaha I abuse my power!" He gave me an additional negative rep. What could the comment be this time? "Use the thanks button, that's what its used for." Now if Blackrat used his detective skills that he feels he has, he would've noticed that thanks was given via the button, and via a comment, in addition to +rep. Here's what Blackrat gave me negative rep for..again: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-away-1-000-twitter-accounts.html#post2983506 Now it's not a HUGE deal that I've been given negative rep, because obviously I don't have a lot of rep, I have not been able to contribute enough information to really be given rep..prolly because I'm still a newbie. But it does bother me that negative rep is being given for such ridiculous reasons. Correct me if I'm wrong, but negative rep is usually given to members that have caused problems, etc..and reputation is used as a guide to other users whether to do business with them or not..?