The user's rep appears on their user profiles as 'good', 'neutral' or 'poor', and we have several people with 'good' and quite high ratings, so I think it is a good positive reinforcement, and those users will likely not want to see it go. As an example, go to the 'members' area and sort by post count. Neo, CJ2311 and Keith have very high ratings, and hishutup is up there as well.
Gyro, GraphicsJunkie and BrainFever are examples of the scant few I found with negative (red) ratings, and I think this is telling and a good indicator of behaviors and who to watch out for. Octopuss even has a positive rating, since his behavior around here as improved .... the community usually speaks accurately in aggregate, regardless of minor instances of misuse.
Moderators and admin are excluded from the system already, otherwise you guys would likely have 'phenomenal' ratings.
s4n doesn't like it either, but I still see no indication that the system is not accurately flagging our positive contributors as well as our very few negative ones. People with no rep, or those with bad rep will prefer not having the system, but those with high rep will like it. human nature.
I am not inclined to get rid of it unless the majority of our good-rep users also don't like it (that means they have to speak up unprompted or comment on the topic without being primed or biased beforehand). Only Octopuss fits this cat so far.
Let's see what we get from the community on this thread. positive rep members have proportionally more weight to add to this conversation in my mind.
Here is a screen of the behavior: