I personally would make 20 forum accounts just to dislike this post.I don't think that's true. I'm on plenty of forums that have a like system where that has not occurred. People will still say what's on their mind regardless if they get likes or not. Total War Centre for example has the reputation feature, and it doesn't shut down actual criticism. Heck, there's plenty of Facebook groups that have excellent discussions that aren't shut down just because someone doesn't put a like on a particular post or comment.
It's not even remotely like reddit, where with a downvote people can effectively shut down dissenting opinions due to how reddit works (hiding posts/comments that have a certain number of downvotes).
As was said previously, posting +1 is not allowed on the forums.I do like the idea of lowering entry barriers for quieter people who don't really want to post +1.
It's probably overly complicated but enabling such a functionality for subforums like some Suggestions might be a thing? Suggestions and Bug reports (as in "yeah I have the same problem") feel like the only thing where you actually might need to gauge support, and where expressing support potentially matters.
I believe TW reads every thread, yes. Thanks for asking.If you assume TW know which threads to prioritize, or believe TW has time to read every thread, then the current system ''works''.
Yet again, I recommend any newcomer jumping straight to this page to read OPs post and not do guesswork.
I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but please give us the option to react with a thumbs up or down to comments. It would be helpful to see what level of player support certain ideas and suggestions have. Paradox Interactive already has this option, and that alone is why I prefer their forum over this one. Even the devs would probably benefit as it'd allow them to browse through the "popular" suggestions while ignoring the less popular ones.