We’re looking into the #post_0 redirect, total high priority of ours to get fixed!
We’re definitely not looking to make the forums act like reddit in the sorting / exposure sort of way whatsoever. The core functionality of the forums will totally remain as such, as we know how wonderful of a tool they are for everyone to use for discussion. The voting is there to give you, the community, another tool to show each other and Epic things that you all enjoy seeing.
For instance, in the case of the Feedback for Epic forum here, voting could help us better understand how the community feels as a whole on specific issues, requests, etc. For Work-In-Progress, we hope to see awesome projects with tons of upvotes from others in the community
Since the forums are typically long form discussion, lasting at times up to years, we feel the feature you mentioned better is better suited for sites like the Unreal Engine AnswerHub where problems or questions typically have a binary, discrete solution.
Appreciate the feedback though! Stay tuned for a fix on the redirect, that certainly should not be happening. Also, welcome to the forums! It’s cozy 'round these parts.