Were they just a feature that came along with the new forum software or was there are particular point in their creation? Are they supposed to serve a different purpose from the number of "likes" someone has? And as a side point, I'm unreasonably annoyed that they add up to 113. What's the point of such a strange number? Yes, I know this is a patently silly thing to talk about, but I'm looking for pointers as to why they're a thing. I'm sorry I couldn't resist one last one.