But seriously folks, if the bad karma thing really bothers you, it's no problem to remove it.
I don't get the feeling that it *really bothers*
people, but given the current user mix, there isn't much of a good reason for it. If there was a flood of users intentionally giving bad advice, mounting personal attacks, or causing other disruptions, then the negative karma feature would have some use. Although maybe those "bad" people would just sit around clicking bad karma for everyone else so they would end up having the least bad karma.
Anyway, my point is it doesn't serve much purpose. The positive karma is kind of nice as a way to build status for those who contribute a lot, but the bad karma button seems to be clicked in error and in anger. I've flipped the bird in anger before, but it did nothing to help the situation and the person didn't have to walk around with a little sign that says "x people have flipped me off" the rest of their life. So my vote would be to get rid of it, but if it sticks around, it wouldn't *really bother* me.