Hi people Not sure if this should go in the Suggestions forum, feel free to move By way of background filling in I will quote a portion of my first ever post (from the infraction system development thread): On the forum I come from the "Thanks" system is employed. Essentially XF's replication of FB "Likes" is merely a change of label. Some VB forums use the reputation system where members can build up a series of green coloured boxes Seeing now XF uses Trophies I have a few points and questions Like or Thanks can get tricky in my view. A helpful and informative post, yes hit the button. But then on occasion people will acknowledge a post when really a "LOL" button would be more appropriate. So then Thanks or Like will over time loses impact and/or not be an accurate representation of the helpfulness of a member. OK no need to focus on it, it's just a sideline if you will. A member with 10 posts versus someone with 1000 should be seen to be able to be equally helpful; let's not focus on 10 likes or 1000 likes. And I guess you are never going to get a system which is truly representative of who is helpful and who is a comedian and a few people appreciated their moment of wit! Just wanted to get that off my mind Moving on to XF Trophies, what is the purpose? This really is where my argument about the difference between a forum and FB comes in. Will it encourage helpful posts or people to return? Probably irrelevant to that aim so why have it? Will you get "spam" posts where people treat it like a game? Maybe. What happened to posting as you feel a part of the community and want it to grow? Now I fully respect that everyone behind XF know more about web and forum design than I ever will and were involved with the success of VB before the takeover. At the risk of being criticised though, I hesitate to say VB became a popular platform for a reason. It never had to be a FB clone or a social media site clone and XF should not need to be that either. Recognise the emergence of such sites yes, but I am perplexed by the necessity of some of these "social" elements in XF P.S. My opinions are my own and not necessarily shared by my site owner P.P.S. I am fully behind choosing an avatar and utilise one on every forum I frequent but it cannot be too much to remove the need for an empty box if none is selected?