We used to do rep points. Then some jokesters started playing a rep game by rep'ing every one of their buds posts and blowing the reps out of the water. Seemed like a competition. I modified the database resetting everyone's rep to 1. that was a few years ago. When thanks was added the problem went away but that might have been because the jokesters left FF. Both rep and thanks are still available for now. We are currently running vbulletin 3.x. It is years past end of life and no longer supported. Same with the PHP version it runs on. So we have to migrate to new forum software. Working on that now and hope to have it in place by turkey day. At that point reps will no longer be available but thanks / likes will.