I'm not understanding all the negativity that is surrounding the new points system ([link]. They are not another statistic, they are not a show of popularity, and they aren't even public to the rest of deviantART. It's exactly the same as deviantDOLLARS, except that you can exchange them.
You don't get points for favoriting, or commenting, or receiving any form of message or pageview. You could get them from winning a contest as a prize, for your birthday, for a holiday, or just because someone loves you over dA.
The points system benefits each deviant because it offers another method to receive dA merchandise (and even for free if you receive points as present, sort of like a dA gift card). It also creates a new method for dA to generate more revenue. DeviantART is a business, and it needs a revenue/profit to survive. This points system will hopefully increase revenue, and we as the deviantART community will indirectly benefit from it by continually receiving cool new updates and a place to showcase and view art.
So stop hating