I'd say both. I know reputation does not mean anything to lots of people because it can be bought using bidbots and many users have high reputation due to bidbot upvotes that don't check content and upvote anything and everything for money. I've seen users with 71 reputation still posting garbage.
I'm still checking reputation but not taking it for granted. If I can see for myself that the user's reputation is earned the right way, then it's fine.
SteemPower in your wallet can be interpreted. Some have only what they've earned here with hard work and powered up, others invested in Steem using outside money. Both ways are fine, SteemPower means a lot, it means power, but I appreciate those more, who have worked hard to earn their SteemPower here.
But at the end of the day, SteemPower is what counts. Reputation is just a number, you won't gain much just by having a high reputation. Having 71 reputation and 100SP means you have exactly zero power. A lot of SteemPower can make a difference on the other hand.
To me, SteemPower is what matters more to me than Reputation. Reputation is just a figure and SteemPower is seen as the power which one has on the Blockchain. It is the influence one has on the Blockchain. WIth a notable SteemPower and a low reputation score, you will have Steemians at your beck and call. But with a very high reputation and low SteemPower, nobody will even notice your existence on the Blockchain. So, to me, SteemPower is very much important than Reputation Score.
I would have to select Steem power.
Steem Power governs every action you do on the platform. Resource Credits which allow you to do actions are based on Steem Power.
Having Steem Power gives your vote a value.,it controls the reward system basically. The higher your SP the higher your vote value is.
We are all here to grow and the more SP you accumulate the more your account is worth. Having a high reputation doesn't really mean anything about your reputation.
These days you could spend $100 on a bot and increase your reputation so it has no impact on your account. If you have high SP then that has way more impact and influences many more things.
Am going to pick steempower due to the fact that it controls the reward system,
What determines a whale, dolphin or minnow is not their rep but rather their invested stake aka steempower, the higher your steempower, the higher reward you can give to others and yourself.
With steempower you stand to gain curation reward which is gotten when you vote a post within the 7 days period putting the 15mins wait period into consideration.
Whereas having high rep doesn't mean you will earn anything or become popular, when your value is counted, your sp is what determines it not your rep.
So I will pick SP any day over reputation
Both matters at some point
but I would rather stick with SteemPower
As the influence that we get over the upvote of an user and at the end of the day it really matters the most not the Reputation.
The more Sp a user has the more that user will be able to give to another user hence getting more SP should be the priority of the users.
While Reputation can be manipulated by the usage of bots. So Steem power it is that I will usually go up for.
I think both works hand in hand.
I will choose reputation. To attain a certain reputation, you must have been an outstanding member on steemit.
The question is how many of the high reputation users 69+ have low SP? Seeing a username for the first time, you don't just check the wallet for the SteemPower. You actually check the reputation.
Reputation speaks a lot and that is why it is imperative that you guard it well. You can have tons of steempower and not be respectable.
Both of them play an important role. But in my opinion STEEMPOWER plays a greater role. If you keep steem near you, you will not get any profit from it. That's what your steem was, it would not grow. If you keep STEEMPOWER then you will get many benefits from it. You can also upvote your own post or comment, Upvote can be posted to others. The higher your STEEMPOWER will be, the higher your upvote amount.
I'm discussing some of the benefits of STEEMPOWER below:
1. You can delegate it to anyone
2. You can give upvote a good amount through it
3. By this you can increase your reputation
4. Your followers will continue to grow
Steem Power. Steem Power is worth money whereas Steem reputation is nearly meaningless. Anyone can buy themselves a high Steem reputation by buying votes from a voting bot that has a high reputation.