I find it funny how Fe is often associated with a good grasp of social life and group interactions, and here I stand, completely bemused at all this talk of rep and rep points and popularity and whatever...
I stink at using the rep system. By that I mean that I'm absolutely NOT consistent, nor am I using it the way I think I "should" be using it. Examples:
* I mostly use the rep system for making one-liner comments, inside jokes, giving hugs, stuff like that. For me, it's about communicating with the poster, it's not about the posts themselves.
* When a post really interests me, I usually comment on it on the forum, and I most often DON'T rep it - it just doesn't occur to me to rep a post I'm replying to. And quite frankly, it would feel weird, like I'm over-doing it or something. This means that the majority of the posts that impress me intellectually do NOT get any rep from me - instead, they get an answer.
* I have no consistency whatsoever in my repping habits. I might get into a rep frenzy one day and rep posts just for being funny, and not rep any post the next day even if they are downright hilarious or mind-blowing.
So the rep system is completely wasted on me. I skew it, all the time.
Something bothers me though: considering my rep status, I guess I have a not completely negligeable rep power, if I understand well. That makes me nervous, very nervous. It's my problem, I understand that, but quite frankly I'd much prefer it if we had a standardised rep power, the same for everyone or something like that. (Can one know just how much rep power one has, by the way?)
In connection with the previous point: I do find it a tad ridiculous just how much rep I've accumulated in such a short time My post count is my own work so that's one thing. But my rep seems completely arbitrary to me. I don't even understand how I got there - I guess I just got repped often enough by the Powerful Reppers, even though I never expressly courted any of them.
And finally: I personally don't care one bit about the amount of rep a poster may or may not have. It doesn't "tell" me anything: maybe they are popular, maybe they are insightful, maybe... whatever. All a high rep means is that this poster gets repped often: it doesn't tell me WHY they get repped, which is what I'm actually interested in.
All of this to say: I like the rep system, but mainly the comment side of it. And I wish for a standardised rep power.