'Likes' are dubious on a mental health forum - particularly where the sense of inclusion often plays a pivotal role in feeling welcome. Showing support or siding with a particular view can quickly demean those who do not hold similar beliefs. "I agree with so-and-so" can be akin to saying "I don't agree with someone else" - even if unintentional, it still carries the implication.
But this can extend deeper with the identification of personality, for certain mannerisms build a profile of the contributor, despite anonymity which only ensures privacy of personal details. Some gravitate toward the perception of an individual, while others steer away in much the same way as those who can feel ostracised in social gatherings. Again, not helpful in a sensitive and vulnerable environment such as this (and this is where sharing meds info can be unwittingly influential). I realise the difficulty that presently encourages 'personal' connections, but this can backfire also when responses (or no responses) are taken to heart causing personal distress.
The inclusion of avatars, pseudonyms, awards, and number of posts, reinforce this notion of status within the forum which seems somewhat counterintuitive to purpose. Even the simple Guest XXXX gives an identity. Yes, contributors deserve recognition, but what relevance has it when responding to a post? Is who they are more important than what they say? Can an 'identity' inadvertently influence or hamper what is said, or even how it is being received?
Cynically, I would suggest that an alterior motive lies in increasing membership by fostering the incentives principle, although I believe there is more integrity in the stalwart community contributors than given credit.
A new thread certainly needs an identifier (pseudonym and an avatar, if desired) to help responders relate and convey on a more personal level the support that is being sought. However, any responses should be assigned random identification (true anonymity!) while still being referenced authentically to their 'My Threads' links - any awards and posting levels can there be thus noted if such inclination resides. Comments unrelated to the thread poster (eg, responding to a response) should be edited out to maintain focus and avoid 'teaming up' either for or against.
Is BB up for such a challenge?