Originally Posted by Darvin
Better some people get too much credit than some too little. Besides, the last thing we want to do is encourage "playing for score". There are many games where the team with the lower score wins on a frequent basis; if players attempt to play for score, not for the win, they may actually be hurting their team's chances, even if they make themselves look good. That's far worse, IMO, than a player ending up as a dead weight. You can always stop playing with someone if you feel they're getting more credit than they deserve, after all.
To me playing for score instead of win would detract from the fun of the game and not be as entertaining as people want it to be.