Ok, so with the "Thank You" feature up and running for a few weeks now, I think it's time to proceed with the reason why it was added in the first place- for the new "Helpful member" award calculation. For better or for worse, the process is more automated and easier to maintain than the old votes system IMO.
To discourage "gaming", and also, to award not necessarily just the "most" helpful member, but members, here's what I have in mind:
Every 3 months or so, the most helpful member will be calculated using the following formula:
1) First, a month out of the last 3 months will be randomly picked out of.
2) Of that month, the top 3 users with the most thanks will be further picked out.
3) Of the 3, one member will be randomly chosen to win the award.
For the "random" bit, it will be based on some sort of generator that's public, so everyone can see it's truly random. I think this formula helps identify helpful members in a way that numbers alone can't always do, by bringing in the random bit to the table.
What do you guys think? Without any real disagreements we can get going.