My personal preference is for automatic tips. We have always tipped either the recommended tip or above, but I still do think there is less incentive with the automatic tipping. Even if tips were always pooled (and I think on our first cruise the waiter told us that theirs was), it still seems like with the old way there would have been some peer pressure for everyone to do their part to increase the pool. If one waiter was doing a below par job then his co-workers could know that he would not be bringing in his fair share of the pool. Unless that's what the points were about, assigning a percentage of the pool based on the percentage a waiter brought in, which still brings you back to a waiter gets a higher reward based on the quality of his work minus whatever was required to be shared.