Originally Posted by NoeJeko
I kinda see the point about identifying trolls but two things. 1) there's no red bar floating above peoples' head in real life labeling them as trolls and bullies yet still somehow they get this reputation. I'm pretty confident that word of mouth will do the same thing here. 2) It's not the trolls and bullies that *get* de-reps, they're usually the ones that give them inciting massive BAW that I must take time out of trying to make this place better to go investigate. Even if I pass the buck to Yuki (which I oh-so-often do), I still have to interrupt and react.
Let's go back to the "but you can't know if they're a troll". I submit to you that even with a long red bar, if you just assume that person is a troll the first time you speak with him or her then shame on you. Shame for not having the clarity of thought to make up your own mind and blindly following what others say like a lemming. A red bar should tell you a couple of things -- that a lot of people think the person is unhelpful -- but you should always make up your own mind about a person. What if they're just misunderstood? What if they play on the HK server instead of TW (to use a VERY relevant example)? What if they just joined at a time when everyone was going through a -rep spree "for the lulz"
Let me first state that I have no problem against this decision of yours. What I am trying to say is that it is a waste for this feature to be disabled, and I am just stating my opinion regarding it. Considering the circumstances that brought about this change, I agree it is the right decision.
About the troll thing, granted, you don't need the rep bar to judge a person. I am just saying that it serves as a useful warning for new members who just had entered the community. Say, they ask a question, and a member with a huge negative rep bar joins the discussion. They can at least be aware that the member can be potentially trolling.
It's not a big loss, and the neg rep does create more trouble than its worth in this forum, but it just leaves you standing there and noticing the benefits that disappeared due to the changes.