Hi Chowhounds! We've noticed that many users would like an easy way to acknowledge informative posts without necessarily jumping fully into the conversation or cluttering the thread with a bunch of '+1' or 'thank you' or 'I agree' posts.
So we're thinking about allowing users to mark a post as "helpful." Pretty straightforward, nothing you haven't seen on other sites, but something that could come in handy. And down the road we'll do more with the data, as a way to bubble up the most relevant or informative parts of the thread.
The button would be next to the reply and permalink buttons underneath the text box and would look something like this when 212 people clicked the link -
Helpful (212) | Permalink | Reply
Let us know what you think!