Originally Posted by reds1869
Another board I frequent uses this system and I really dislike it. The Thanks system there leads to a lot of needless clutter. It isn't a board killer, but it is certainly a distraction from the thread.
I honestly don't quite understand this. I certainly see where you're coming from, but the space it occupies is less than a few inches. When you're scrolling through a thread, it maybe takes half a second per post to scroll past it.
I do understand the aesthetics to it, but in the end, I think we all visit this site because of the discussion and the interaction more than the cosmetic look. The minimal clutter it causes, at least to me, seems like a rather small issue.
I guess I look at it like this: most of the people that like it, do so because they would find use in the feature. Most of the ones that don't are more worried about how it looks (I realize there are some that are concerned with the past reputation system). If we take it away, those that would like to use it can't. If we keep it, those that don't want to use it still don't have to do so.