I'm over repped
I don't even often visit the threads you work on, except to see the impressive work some are doing. I don't have those skills. I try to find something I know, or can google for a fix. I wouldn't dare offer advice when I am not 100% certain I know of which I speak.
I believe if you are well liked, and friendly, you tend to get rep for what help you do provide. I don't mean it's undeserving, it's just not the high level some work at. People see you post something helpful, and they rep you. They don't (I think/hope) rep just anything they see by you just to rep you.
If you constantly provide high level help, you don't get the rep you deserve because it is what you do every day. If you are mostly too busy during the week, and can only really help 1 or 2 days, then your help catches peoples eyes. It's a strange dichotomy.
If one was to consider any help that is useful to the OP as deserving of "praise", then it is all good. If however, there is any animosity, or condescension because someone has a lot of rep, but doesn't "really help", then that is sad. Surely you don't get a lot of rep just because you are social, there must be something that was rep-able, even if just in the rep givers eyes.
Do I deserve to have more medals then some who work on the hard threads every day? Not in my own opinion. But at the same time I don't think a great deal of the rep was completely undeserved, but rather that some are under repped.
I am always happy to see rep, it is a sign that someone appreciated something I posted. It doesn't get you into any extra areas, or give you special privileges, so there is no harm. Once you have a medal, then two, then more rep is nice, but I hope it doesn't define someone. Just as a lack of same shouldn't.
People aren't stupid, they know who the "Stars" are here. Respect and admiration is earned always, whether it is finding a program for an OP, helping an OP with an answer that "everyone knows", or solving a heinous BSOD problem.
I'm sure admins see who is getting repped, and if they thought it undeserved, it wouldn't continue. But except for having a "weighted rep" system (what a nightmare to administer!), then rep for a simple answer, and rep for a 2 day marathon fix will show the same, but will never be equal. A (long winded) Guy