Luckily, I know better than to try.
It was the number one request in the transition thread.
It is the number one complaint moderators receive.
It is the most-frequently cited reason why potential new members choose not to join.
I have heard from one or two people that they've felt intimidated replying to the top greenie folks' threads because they have no reputation.
This was not my decision, nor even my idea, but I do support it, as do Dave and Alan. I just have the 'power' to change the reputation system check box from "on" to "off". Lucky me