Do NOT use Negative skill settings!
"Skill decay regards skill set to minus as a ‘least used’ skill with 0 recent uses Skill locking system"
Makes sense right?
Since the minus setting treats the skill as least used I set skills like "Terraforming" and "Masonry" to -minus so I wouldn't lose skill in areas like Hunting, Bonecraft and Toolcrafting while performing things like Brick Making and Terraforming.
What I didn't realize is this.
"-Minus: skill locked for decay only. [Stats will not gain when using this]"
Prior to the new stat change I was averaging a gain of 2.85 stat points per month. Since the new stat changes I have only gained 1.6 points per month due to the -Minus settings. On top of that since the max setting was 90 for respect stats, after a year of playing my highest stat is only 91.2
So why you ask would you use an option like -Minus skill when it actually prevents you from gaining any Stats when performing these tasks and gives you no character advancement for anything you've done for a month and a half?