I wonder if some mechanism for grading single posts can be done. For example how YouTube does it. Users can put thumb up or down.
Or maybe better way is realized on this site
. Users can thank for specific post by single click. No need to post a reply with "Thank you" text... And the "Thank" section appears bellow the post (called Danke as it is german site).
BTW: What's the funcionality of "Thanks" button? It works for the whole topic, not single posts. I read "Useful Post / Thank You Button
: If you find a thread particularly useful then flag it up to other users by clicking on the "Thanks" button located at the top of the thread. This also thanks the user for starting the topic. In the future I will introduce a star rating system based on the number of users who have marked a thread useful.
". But that would make a lot of more sense to rate single post(s) instead of thread. Once I mark a topic as usefull, the duscussion can then move totally wrong way and the topic is not usefull any more. In some cases the whole topic can be usefull for sure. But very often just a particular advice is usefull and users would want to thank for that single post.
I know it's probably a lot of work and maybe I'm alone in missing this functionality. Just throwing ideas