Yeah, as an Andreas said, the limit was only introduced after it was abused in the first few days of the new forum software being launched.
For those that have only recently joined, this is how 'respect' used to be displayed, under the avatar area <----- We had certain members 'respecting' every post so that they had the biggest numbers; the limit was then put on it. After this, the system was changed to a 'like' system as we have now which is much better, but the limit obviously remains.
I don't see a problem with it now being removed considering the number in the profile is not really taken notice of, it can't really be abused in the same way. It's down to the network admins though.
F*ck me! Someone who is open to change. Nice one