Seeming as it sounds like your starting from scratch...
Could get that easy back up thing, that I wanted
I also think a great thing would be takin the skin thing a step futher and allowing individuals to decide which one to use, pretty much like invision or phpbb. Using cookies or something like that, or maybe just sessions.
Bah, i cant really think of anything esle now, but I will prolly have lots more ideas.
I would offer to help with coding, but my knowledge is very limited. But I'm sure that maybe there is something html that i can help with as i basicly know that like the back of my hand.
OOh yes, while lookin at the emoticons writing the message. Maybe we could have emots as the rating thing instead of blocks, i know i could easly change this in a skin, but maybe a much wider range of rating as a rate of 4,5,3,2,5,2,5,2,4,3,2,5. Or wateva im pretty sure doesnt make a whole number, maybe it does.
Maybe a scale of 1-10 or percentage.
And also force people to add a comment(if you have that) where rating.