A comment roughly along the lines of "you're just posting this question to get rep" left me challenged how best to answer beyond "no I'm not." Of course rep does offer us some guidance about our posts since it comes primarily from community voting and so there isn't anything necessarily bad about asking a question that increases rep, even by users who ask questions to get rep of which I'm not one.
But I would like to "retire" my reputation at a symbolic 99k because that would:
- remove any doubt that my questions are asked for any other reason than to provide a place for great answers to be written
- serve as a reminder that reputation is not the be all and end all of our activity here
I wouldn't be surprised if others wouldn't also like this option, so it might be just a button that we choose on our profile; no matter what the current rep was it would no longer be displayed at higher than 99k, or maybe replaced with a static
99,999 odometer-like symbol.
Personally I'd rather see reputation displayed as a base 10 logarithm, a bit like pH. So 500, 23,000 and 155,000 for example would be 2.7, 4.4 and 5.2 which still indicates rep to 10% accuracy but in a more calming way. I'd then opt for the 4.9 cap.