So I was chatting it up with a friend, and somehow ended up with the topic of the conversation being about SteamRep. Now, I'm not here intentionally to cause any drama or chaos but this might have been brought up by other individuals in the past, but I'll just post what's been on my mind. Why exactly should SteamRep control who you trade with? If you get a "Scammer" tag for trading with a "Scammer", in the end, you ultimately, and on most occasions will end up with a trade ban. Like honestly, that sounds pretty absurd to me. Trading is supposed to be fun. We get things that we want, we trade with people, and enjoy it for a game. But instead, many people in the trading community treat it as a economy where if you trade with a "marked scammer", you're like providing a terrorist with nuclear bombs to attack others. In reality though, we are all in fact playing a game in which I'm sure all of us would like to enjoy. So my point being is that, I don't see why we should let a site, in which and I quote from the SteamRep FAQ, "improve the safety of game-related trading" control who and what we trade for. My friend suggested the idea of that, "steamrep should be used as like a who to trust book", and "trading with someone should never get you a scammer tag ". If SteamRep was used like a book to see whom you can trust, and you trade with a "marked scammer" and get scammed, then it's your fault. I also know that SteamRep doesn't like the idea of helping scammer profit, but heck. Why are we letting a site control who we want to trade? In the world, there will always be people who are greedy, selfish, and the list goes on. The same applies to this game, trading wise. We can't control all the so called "scammers" in the real world, so why should we in this game? Another absurd thing that came up in the conversation with my friend are servers with the SteamRep plug-in. My friend claims that Lethal Zone servers have SteamRep plug-ins, and he saw someone get banned in a MGE server for being marked as a scammer on SteamRep. For those of you who don't know what MGE is, it's a server in which competitive or casuals go and train 1 v 1 straight up DM to improve their skills in TF2. Now tell me this. How is MGE and trading related? Why should people be banned in a server in which people would like to improve their TF2 skills, but cannot due to being banned due a TRADING related thing? Of course, the fella can always go about to another server, but why should he in the first place? People trying to play the game, enjoy the game, are being restricted by SteamRep. Imagine if UGC or ESEA (competitive leagues) banned people from participating due to a scammer tag. I recall seeing quite a few competitive players having a scammer tag on SteamRep, and that brings me to my next concern. Why should people be receiving caution tags for having "a high amount of scammer friends"? Can't people friend someone without having to check their SteamRep first, having the fear of them being a scammer? For example, you meet this competitive player that you want to friend. But you, being the SteamRep rule abiding person that you are, check the person's SteamRep only to see that the person you want to friend is a scammer. Guess I can't friend that person then because SteamRep might mark me if I have a high amount of scammer friends. To conclude, should we actually let a site control who we trade with, what we trade for, and who we friend? Can't we trade people for what we want for enjoyment in the game without having the fear of being marked as a scammer, or friending someone without having the fear of being cautioned? I, myself would be content with having SteamRep just as a "guidebook" in which we can search up users and see whether we can trust the person or not. Of course, the chances of that happening are probably close to Osama bin Laden being alive, but I still decided to post this to share my thoughts, open some minds and hopefully have others think what I'm thinking and see where I'm coming from. Again, I'm not here to cause any drama and I have the up-most respect for the admins who continuously work for the community to keep it as clean as it can be. So, I'd like to see what everyone else thinks. Discuss!