Just posting to let you know that I've switched on a couple of new features developed by Vanilla: Badges and Reactions. As the Vanilla folks describe them, "the Reactions can be used to highlight interesting discussions, suppress abusive comments, flag abusive members, and create more nuanced reputation profiles. Vanilla Badges serve to reward community members for positive participation – members are awarded Badges for receiving praise from others and for various other forms of participation." They were just rolled out last week, and so we've not yet customized the badges for our own purposes. Here is Vanilla's summary of the new buttons at the bottom of the posts: http://vanillaforums.com/blog/news/introducing-vanilla-reactions-and-badges/
Please let us know what you think of the features. If there are any technical issues that arise, certainly we'd like to know about them. It's our hope that these features accomplish some of the goals we'd had discussed in the past.
Thanks for your participation and feedback.