What Walker834 said.
But pertaining to this forum Tommy Points are in some way equivalent to a like on Facebook. They are given by other posters or mods, who find a post noteworthy (because it might be funny, insightful etc.)
The only thing I personally would love to have on this forums is a ticker for TPs for a comment. Sometimes I feel like a good post can receiv a TP, but most people can't tell that the post got a TP because it's user specific. Or, maybe TPs for the best of posts, but also a like button for posts/comments that you agree with.
Interesting, kind of like the front page, right? I am certainly more than happy to give tommy points, but the page re-load thing can be annoying. A ticker for above and beyond posts rather than just tommy points could give the forums a bit more 'flash' - maybe even light them up green like on the front page, too.
A site that I use from time to time that kinda does this is forums.macrumors.com, they essentially have a "like" function on every comment, it doesn't even take a page reload, but you can "like" the posts, and it acts kinda like TPs, you can even see how many Likes each user has (although you have to visit their specific profile page).