So that I'm clear, you're only given reputation points if the award trophy icon is selected? I think it's a bit too flashy for a "quality post" Most sites only use a star or plus icon. I think that people getting reputation from things like statuses actually made users want to post "Happy Birthday" more often. I'm not saying it's good to only wish someone happy birthday in hopes of reputation in return, however it's encouraging to have almost 10 users you don't know tell you happy birthday. Status comments being liked, etc is understandable, just seems to be the only real reason for this. I feel that if a user doesn't get an award reaction now, they could be hostile toward that user and cause personal issues. (Before you got rep for any reaction, right? Or was it only the heart? What if I want to heart something and rep it?)
But the spirit of the reputation system is to compare people with a trophy (basically being relevant) and some emojis... ?
P.S. @Angelo I think in the first post it should be made more clear which reactions do what now. As I can't seem to find a for sure answer.