This is going to be an unpopular subject, I suspect (with the only Narrator who would probably upvote it not present on the community forum as it seems...) - but anyway, this is what I think.
It seems that it is not true that reputation can never be bought, can only be earned. As far as I can see it, you can buy A THIRD of it for 15 USD. A third makes a lot of difference and how is it fair that users get it merely for proving they're unique human beings, without any consideration for the quality of content they bring to the platform?
There's been quite a lengthy discussion about the unfairness of the 15 USD fee but I don't want to address it.
I'm interested in the problem (as I see it) of a high percentage of reputation being awarded for pretty much nothing and my opinion wouldn't change even if the certification was free.
I'm not against the certification per se - I understand it's needed for restricting 18+ content and financial operations (tipping, withdrawing a larger amount of many) to counteract potential money laundering and circulating tips among fake accounts. This is fine. But why it has to have such high weighting in the reputation score is beyond me.
Well, I guess it's because Narrative wants people to certify and the rep boost is a really good incentive but it goes so against the advertised premise of the reputation earned by quality, that I can't believe hardly anyone is questioning this policy.
So my suggestion is: 0% to max 5% of the reputation score for the certification component.
(An interesting discussion on this subject is happening under this post: https://www.narrative.org/post...nt=49451319039510109)