I've been clicking this occasionally, but other than changing the number in the upper right of a post from 0 to 1 (not at all noticeable, by the way), does this do anything else? Give stars to posters when they get enough? Rate threads? So far I don't see it doing anything.
Thumbs up symbol
There is a user score that is being calculated in the background. Two of the biggest contributors to that score are posts being thumbed up and reviews being marked as helpful. It allows us to identify users that are contributing particularly useful content to the site. Please continue to click when you think a user deserves a pat on the back.
We can also use the data for other things, such as calculating a thread rating. That allows us to make the Related Content even better.
I like to click on that when I think someone has made a good post. I have absolutely no faith in the moderators using this info in a way I would approve of, but I like being able to add +1 to a post's rating. I wish more people would use that feature.
Yes, what are the moderators going to do with people collecting lots of "thumbs up" points? Give them a free supporter membership? I can't think what else they'd do with it. A "thumbs down" button would be more useful to them in my eyes.
It is far more important for rating the posts themselves (and the reviews). That way we can determine what is considered the most helpful content.
The mods might be interested in a user's score if they were considering asking another user to become a mod.
In the future, we'd like to display things like "Top 10 Reviewers" and that data will be used to create that list, so please give people a thumbs up when they deserve it.
Sugarcube, this has been a feature of the new format from it's inception. It's a way to let other readers know that someone found the post to be of value.
Whatever the moderators use the info for, it's input from the community. It's a good thing that they are listening to feedback from the website's members.
Wow, thanks, Pete. I hope that next year, you'll come visit again AND I'll be in shape to follow you down some nice powder runs.