Interesting thread. I came from being a facebook user first to this - my one and only forum.

As a platform I don't find the forum easy to use - uploading photos, finding posts, posting quotes - they still give me difficulty.

As a source of info the forum is very useful, but it isn't social media.

I have wanted to find a 'thanks' of 'like' button occasionally when I didn't have anything to add to a thread but wanted to acknowledge it some way. There is a danger that a 'like' button will only be used for mates - which isolates newcomers - but this can also be true of forum posts.

Could give it a trial run and see.