At NetBuilders, we do not use vBulletin's reputation system. Instead, we use the [ame=http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=165673][AJAX] Post Thank You Hack[/ame].
The reputation system is far too easily, and commonly, abused. This abuse simply gets in the way of productivity.
People spend time greening thier "friends" and redding their "enemies". None of that makes anyone any money.
Moreover, a green rep or a red rep proves nothing. Rep trading groups quickly form and their members easily max out the reputation system. Rep then becomes meaningless in determining anything about a person.
The Thanks mod has several advantages:
- The Thanks system is public, so you have to stand by your ratings.
- The Thanks system is only positive, so people don't get upset constantly.
- The Thanks system is tied to individual posts, so people don't just go around thanking their friends (as much).
In addition, we utilize the iTrader mod to track members Marketplace history.