SP can help advance your score faster, but you will notice that some whales with lots of SP who like to bully others with punitive downvotes for good posts, just because they don't like an opinion or someone, have often no posts and low reputation, even negative reputation.

I guess it's okay that we just focus on SP rather reputation. And like in the real world, some people are so easily offended that they downvote or flagged posts of others for no rhyme or reason. It's a wild wild west on Steemit.

When you post good content, your reputation goes up each time so I concentrate on increasing my SP.

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