Introducing a more compact way of rating topics: Any topic can be rated from 1 to 5 stars right there on the page with one click. Topics that have been rated show the current rating in the topic header, expressed as a percentage. Clicking on the [+] symbol reveals which users have rated the topic, as well as the rating each has given.
This topic rating system has replaced the topic "thumbs-up" function.
If you want to see which topics are rated highly, use the RATED link which is just after "See: Unreplied" at the top of any forum page. Only rated topics will show -- listed in order of their rating.