Uh oh, Gatsby's talking to himself.
I think the Fluff quotient has jumped too, but that's just my subjective perception, not something I've researched yet.
It isn't quite as bad as when me and Googley and Meth and a few others went "Yayatastic" on INTPc last January or so... but I definitely feel like it's heading there.
I haven't really given out much rep at all (nor have I been receiving it). Others seems to be feeding each other reciprocally. So that's why the rep system, to me, seems to be little more than a fun curiosity -- the points aren't necessarily tied to content-laden posts. They just indicate who happens to be having the most "fun" be-bopping around the forum and might even be encouraging the fluff.
This is not really a complaint... yet. It's just an observation. It's Christmas; the forum should be having SOME fun, you know.