I've come to the conclusion that the lack of a "LIKE" button is the site's most serious problem.

Often, often, often I would like to "LIKE" something someone has said. Often, often, often I would like to "LIKE" something someone said nice about something I said. The "quote" really isn't a replacement. People don't use the quote (often) to put in a smiley face to show support or approval or whatever.

I think the lack of a "LIKE" button is the reason the site has so few "fun" threads. The site does great on real serious issues, and that is great. But it really needs fun threads to balance it out.

I think a "LIKE" button helps those who are too shy to contribute, to contribute. And maybe help them make the jump into introducing themselves and participating in a fuller fashion.

If there were a LIKE button, 1000 people on this site would LIKE this post, indicating that they, too, would like a LIKE button. If you don't see anyone hitting the LIKE button, that proves my point.