Haven't read all the thread. What I do know and feel is that the posts that have a relatively high amount of likes 10+ or so, are ussually worth reading. That, to me, indicates that the system is working. The fact that votes are not spreading in the hundreds is a good thing to me.
The fact that you need to get an upvote to vote seems like a good idea, it might encourage people.
Not for nothing, shouldn't the voting be about GOOD posts or someone making a point you agree with regardless of it being technical in nature?
Not everything has to be technical in nature to be qualified as a post worthy of being up-voted.
Or better yet, if this is still going to be subjective to what the moderators feel is a worthy post, then why are there posts in the other F1 tech forums (tires section) that are nothing more than one-liners getting upvoted and nothing is done about that?
I think the entire nature of the voting system while good in theory is not good in the long run.
As a long-standing member of another forum --10+ years-- we've never implemented such a thing because it would serve no purpose.
To me an upvote is something worth reading, not necessarily technical or whatever. A story as one of those like Ciro used to write would get upvotes even though it could be non technical.
Give the system a chance, let's see how it works. We can also try to educate forummers to use the system responsibly, since I believe that this forum has far more respect than I've seen in most others.
Mods want the best of it as we all do, if it doesn't work they will remove it.