I've heard various ideas such as limiting it only after mods have expended their points (this will require implementing a cooldown to prevent a user from getting points again too soon). I want to hear your feedback, and I'll roll together something for the next major update of the site. Leave your comments
I am sure this will sound facile to many, as it is an idea taken from other social networks, but one of the things I'd really like to see is a way to emotionally respond to a post without intellectually engaging with it.
The idea would be to have three buttons, laugh, love, cry, and you can click it on any post. It doesn't have to affect karma, although, since there is no *negative* and it doesn't have to affect the view filter, I don't see why it couldn't have a factor limited affecton karma.
I think this would have the affect of encouraging people to not lurk as *much* in a way that isn't detrimental, and to improve the appeal of the their posts. You can do a running counter of how many laughs/loves/cries you've caused. It would also be nice to see which users did the action.
This might also cut down on noise over time, as I think there are a fair number of people who post in these situations but don't add to the discussion.