Some people think that rec's are worthless due to the fact that people give them out for anything. Others find them to be an essential part of the forums here. I find them to be great, and often flick to the recommended posts section to see what good posts have been made recently.
I do agree that sometimes it is a waste of time looking at this section, as evidenced when posts by katty dominated a while back.
What I propose is this: Expand the recommendations concept, to try to make it more worthwhile. I find I mostly rec posts when I have a little laugh out loud, or when I think a political point that I agree with is well made. As things stand, both of these posts would receive a generic rec. What I propose is that different subsections of recs be introduced, for example...
LOL'ed for the funny ones, and
A post of Bushian eloquency and brilliance for the political ones. Other categories could be
Yey, he hath spoken for the ones which support religious idealogies well,
The naysayer sayeth nay well for the posts which argue against the presence of god well,
Eureka! for good ideas in the site ideas,
OOOOO, that's gotta hurt for good goads in the clan section,
The wise one has spoken for the brigade who rec all of Russ' posts.
That way, if I want to see what is making people laugh in the forums lately, I'll have a look into the LOLed subsection of the Recommended pages. If I want to see what posts are getting up the bible bashers noses, I'll go to the appropriate section, etc.
Where it says total recs in a persons forum profile, it'd now give a count within each subsection, so you could see the personality of the poster at a glance, ie: he's 1 funny boy, or she is obviously an expert on world politics.
Obviously, the naming of the different subsections would be entirely flexible, I just put forth some ideas of my own so people got the idea what I was talking about.