If you have any concerns about reputation received, please do contact a moderator directly (as with my name, they are identifiable by a tag above the user icon when posting on the forums) - we are glad to look into points that may be incorrectly given, and the system is not perfect (none are, sadly, at the end of day, and the current system was the best of possible combinations of attributes compared to a badly functioning prior system) - but to briefly speak on the topic, rep points can and do help in identifying cases where deliberate trolling has been done and needs further looking into - not the case in this thread so far, I am glad to report. Apologies for this brief diversion - and thank you to all so far for discussing this topic calmly and rationally, on both sides!
The purpose of the reputation system is best described as follows: "The goal of reputation is to promote MiceChat's
Rules and Regulations which are designed to encourage positive discussions and an open, welcoming community. This is not an “I Agree” or “I Disagree” system. The intention is for members to reward those who have gone above and beyond to create good content or to help identify folks who derail discussions, create hostility or in any other way violate our rules and make it difficult for others to post."
If it is not being used in this way, always feel free to contact a moderator with pertinent links and information. More about the rep system is explained in detail here.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled discussion...