I am confused about rep too. there is too big a restriction on handing it out. every time I try to give rep to a person, it tells me I have to spread rep around more people first. well that's hard since all the ppl I would give rep to have been given it so I can't spread it about without making it pointless and ruining the rep of the rep system itself.
I do appreciate that it is probably designed to prevent it being handed out willy nilly but, that is exaclty what I seem to be being forced to do in order to give it to those worthy - very worthy - of it.
So can we be freer to give rep to whomever we deem it appropriate?