And once again it goes back to how the members here treat a new person.
If it's a spammer or someone really doing something in violation of the rules, just report it. But it appears to me that some one or several some ones are handing out neg rep to hurt the forum. You guys want new blood, then find out who is doing this and give them a perm ban and I mean put their IP on the server firewall. That way they can't even see the forum let alone get back in.
Also keep in mind some one coming to a forum seeking help is usually freaking out and some times, not always, forgets themselves. That is not grounds for neg rep or being mean to them.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Makes good sense.
I'm going to check at VB
to see if there's a way to find out who's doing this.