“Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.” - Noam Chomsky
I think you can get reputation gear easily. And either way there are people that do not do this. Maybe you had bad luck.
It would be better for all concerned if randomly queued content used the LFR loot system.
No more bickering over items, no more stopping to loot.