Steady Hand, I agree with you on the software. This forum used to use a different software and was much more customizable. The ownership of the forum changed hands and the new owner already had a lot of experience with this particular software so the software changed as well. The old software had more features than this does. I will forward this input to the forum owner just in case there's an add-in/plug-in they can use to allow a thanks type feature to the threads.
There are a couple of things you can do now--you can just go ahead and put a post saying "thanks!" to the particular person--you can reference message number in your "thanks" if you want to be specific. For example, your message is #9 in this thread (http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...html#post41651
You can also go to the member's page (just click on their name) and put a note on their page saying "thanks" for something in particular (less direct and probably requires that you copy the message link (like I did, I right clicked on #9 and copied link) for them to know what you're thanking them for.
Please also feel free to "friend" any members that you particularly like the posts of, as well. That can help grow the community and net more input from your new friends