And now that the poll is created, I'll reply to something Faijer posted in the other thread:
let them see which threads are applauded highlyAh, the slippery slope of mass appeal. You could easily end up with two problematic situations:
1) A quarter of all threads are rated highly and the others tend to get overlooked despite having some interesting content.
2) Almost every thread has a couple of votes making the system irrelevant.
The major advantage however is that it removes ownership of the kudos. I'm still in favour of the post-by-post system, because it encourages individuals to contribute strong posts. If it could be blended with a thread-by-thread system, which would hopefully encourage collaboration, that would be ideal. Although, I doubt that it's possible.
The mass appeal would work more properly if people could only vote a single time per thread/post, as compared to being able to vote on any person once/day and thus skewing the actual karma if any small handful of members were the only ones voting but were voting a lot (kobok has said this isn't so at this time, but this could change in the future depending on how the forum culture changes).
And I assume there would only be a handful of good threads at the top, with a lot of threads in a neutral range close to zero, and then a few threads at the bottom. If this sorts threads between "This is a REALLY great thread that everyone should read first and foremost!" and "these are decent threads that you should read next" and "these threads aren't all that great, but they're still here if you've still got time while you're wandering around the forums" and then the "these threads are probably a waste of time. don't bother with them except for the sake of completion", then I'm okay with that. Certainly that means that good posts in bad threads are going to be overlooked by the majority, but that's a lot like saying that we're missing one good person in a mob of many bad people; you can't always spare the group to save the individual. And when you're talking about a lot of reading through a lot of bad posts to find one good post then I'd say it would be a far better expenditure of a person's time to provide them with many good posts in clearly marked good threads (as opposed to right now, where it is unknown whether any thread is considered "nice to read" or "terrible to read" until a person has actually spent the necessary time to read through that thread).
I assume that most people will always read any thread with a title that falls within their ranges of interest, regardless of whether the karma is good or bad. The karma system would just prep them beforehand by giving them an idea of how the community feels about the topic, which would also be an indicator to the reader as to whether they even like how our community opines about topics or whether they think we're out to lunch and want to go find another forum that better shares their own opinions (for those people who aren't brave enough to accept that people with differing opinions can still post on the same topic).