i'm actually neutral about this. i don't really see any wrong in the reputation system at all really, i mean i don't mind if my rep gets marked up or down it doesn't bother me. an opinion is a opinion, someone doesn't like what you say they mark you down (but that's no different anywhere you go where people are around ;p).
i only really use the rep system when i see a really good answer to a question or someone gave out a link, tutorial ect. ect. or if someone is causing drama in one of my topics and yelling at other people (also going way off topic in discussions).
for a long time i went without anyone giving me any rep points and staying at 0 but, it never really bothered me.
i do understand where you're coming from though and why you want to do this, but i don't think anyone really feels any guilt or shame for having low rep points.
as long as people contribute and help out or just have fun their rep points will be okay lol. but if you're just here to troll and cause trouble for other people then your rep points will suffer.
so there really is no winning or losing. it's a moot point. people will mark someone up, people will mark someone down and i'm fine with that it's a common thing. i don't ever see the rep system used on youtube unless it's a highly rated video or it was meant to cause debates XD.
"When we were children,
we used to think when we were grown-up
we would no longer be vulnerable.
But to grow up is to accept
to be alive is to be vulnerable"
a quote from one of the blade breakers, Kai Hiwatari