Re: Forum needs this I think...
The "Thanks" button is a good idea however I think a little paragraph of "How I think you are awesome" would go a long way.
I scan the forums constantly. By trade I am a Program Manager and have managed many global IT Service Delivery Teams (Level I - III).
The teams that had to talk to customers or other technical people were always happy, motivated and proud of great comments. I had them always save them so I could review them during their evaluations.
So I think words and appreciation shown are far more important than a person pushing a button.
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
...Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)