Originally Posted by Mike Irwin
Just because you "like" something and wish to express it doesn't immediately drop you to the level of vacuous spreader of meritless drivel.
It is a neat and efficient way by which members can identify threads that are highly informative or that have other demonstrative merits above and beyond the majority of the threads posted here.
As to the thread ratings, I'll concede the point. I just don't happen to care for them.
But the comment of mine that you quoted was directed specifically at "liking" posts. On Facebook, etc., "liking" something does serve a purpose: it spreads it around, for better or worse.
I don't see the point on a site where it's merely a shorthand way to express an opinion. Posting here shouldn't be a popularity contest.