Well I dont think that should be acceptable honestly, if you cant fix it or control it then you know at some point your going to have to pull the plug IMO.
The problem is inflation. People who get repped lots get stronger rep and rep each other giving stronger rep and its a viscous cycle that at some point gets out of hand. The rep system has been broken forever but it really doesn't effect anything. Rep is great but its essentially meaningless so you can either enjoy it for the somewhat broken system it is or ignore it.