think of it as neutral. I don't mind rep at all, since people don't have the time to even take a glance at it. Also it'll never get to two bars ^ ^. Don't be down, there are some idoits who like to do some baddddddd things.
on your control panel/main profile when you log in. its below your daily subscriptions to threads. youll see what threads you were involved in and what, if any, rep points were given.
also, to give a person a rep- go to where you see the avatar that grey area next to where you read what the person wrote in the thread. then see where it says of the person is "online or off line"? and theirs 2 little icons of a cautions symbol (used for reporting spam/harassment) and a scale?
if you click on the scale, youll see that it says you can agree or dissagree with what the person says. the comment is optional but always prefferable