I've been thinking about two things used here at this great forum cluster; the "post count" and the "thanks." I was wondering, in view of the discussion about the other end of the spectrum; "thumbs down" buttons for users to consider, if the post count could be either replaced or augmented by a sort of reward system based on post count and thanks put together. I envision a sort of meter there by the user's info; perhaps little androids that would be added one at a time for a certain number of posts, say 100, added to some for each thanks or group of thanks, say 25 (those figures just off the top of my head.. subject to wild changes .. ). Users could expect to see their little androids vanish in increments upon receiving infractions, or entirely upon being banned ("vacationed"). Just thought I'd run my thoughts by y'all.