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I've already read this: Official reference for “don't leave ‘thank you’ comments”

Some comments are not very helpful because all they say is: thanks. The system could detect this word in the comment (and other sentences like "thank you", "ty", etc) and suggest the commenter to click on the thanks button, instead. This button would be semantically different from the upvote button, in that it would mean that the question was not particularly helpful, but the commenter wants to thank the answerer.

Thanks-votes may or may not contribute to one's reputation.

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So if we don't care for "thank you" in the comments, why in the world would we want a "thank you" button that would simply add the same useless noise? We say thanks with upvotes and checkmarks. That's the way we roll. –  Anthony Pegram Mar 6 '12 at 16:09
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Why? What's the point. Can't we simply assume that the OP is thankful for any offered help and be done with it? –  Bart Mar 6 '12 at 16:10
    
Why do I want to thank an answerer that wasn't particularly helpful to me? –  Matt Mar 6 '12 at 16:10
    
@Matt maybe it was helpful to me, not the question itself. it is different. –  vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:11
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I just don't understand how/why this is different than the upvote button. Do you not have the reputation to upvote yet? –  Cody Gray Mar 6 '12 at 20:05
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How about a "Donate" button while we're at it? Screw the upvote, send me ten bucks. :D –  Kyralessa Mar 13 '12 at 21:22

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A "thank you" is supposedly implicit, unless you make an habit, even in real life, to say "screw you" to whoever takes time to help you.

Moreover, SE network is a Q&A network.
It's not a forum.
It's not facebook.
It's not reddit.
It's not youtube.

You find an answer useful? Upvote it (as the message box suggests you when you hover the vote button).
Does it solve your problem? Mark it as "accepted".

Anything else is a contamination from other environments where such things as "Like", "bump", "love" or whatnot may work.

Many are already pissed off by users who don't accept answers (cf. "accept rate" remarks), or who just say "thank you" after a solution and then disappear. I doubt that giving them a legitimate button for that will be a positive addition to a system that already is working at its best from 3 years.

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+1 I liked this explanation. Now screw you. –  vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:21
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@vulkanino - not crazy about your sense of humor. –  Oded Mar 6 '12 at 16:38

The best thank you is an upvote

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Thanks, this solved the problem. /s –  Rocket Hazmat Mar 6 '12 at 16:13
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Followed by an accept ;) –  Oded Mar 6 '12 at 16:14
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upvote means "useful/good answer", not "thank you". –  vulkanino Mar 6 '12 at 16:14
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@vulkanino Would you thank someone for any other reason? Would you upvote something you found useful and call that being "ungrateful"? They're exactly the same thing. As an aside: The best thank you is recurring +500 bounties, not an upvote :P –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 18:10
    
Sweet sweet bounties –  jmfsg Mar 6 '12 at 18:15

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