Knife, Jay and others suggested the +respect button could be used more as a "+1" kind of thing for that specific post. You'd also get less people quoting it and saying "this"
Yeah, it would work well if it actually says how many times that specific post is liked rather than a huge number popping up beside your name every time you post. Hence why it's being abused.
It's easier for gang members to get respect as you could just tell your clan members to respect whatever you have to say so this should be tweaked a bit.