If you really think you need extra things to tell people that you're a badass in a sense, then I feel you should keep yourself busier helping people than worrying about a "rank". Sure the thanks system is cool, I do my best to thank helpful users as many others do. A rank system imo is pointless on TPU, no sense in it...that'll just bring one more thing for the immature users to bicker and flame about.
Keep TPU as it is, and the users can work around it and for it. TPU has given us all a kickass community, and a few cool gimmicks like the multi-quote and thanks systems. Really if you feel you need more, try it out on other forums, if you like it, see if the other aspects of that forum makes it worth staying at. I don't mind some change, but I feel the mods are doing a good job, there are a few users that need a swift kick in the ass as usual
, and there's no need for adding features to make users have more status around here...if you do a good job helping others, you will be referred to, you get the custom quotes at 5k posts, the thanks counts, what more is really needed? We have too much as it is.