I've Got an idea for a new plugin
It would search the discussion comments for
and auto-adds a like or a vote or or an awesome to the username following the thank you, so the user doesn't have to click it. Theoreticaly, it would have the same safeguards of only one vote per user per comment. The only thing I have to work on is to ignore quotes in the reply that had the Thank you
e.g. this would need to be ignored.
Thanks @whoever >
Any suggestions on what plugin to add this feature too, if it was something that was desired. And would it be useful. Or maybe just a standalone thank you plugin with its own internal data.
The thanks could be any word you want and could be internationalized.
I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.