That's a great post, scanman, and I concur with your reasons.
Did you have any implementations that were successes that would work here?
Why, oh why do I always seem to be the odd man out? I don't do it on purpose to be a pain. I guess I'm just "different". I agree with some, not all of Scanman's points. I loved the numbered list, so I'll reply by number.
3. Post count gadget to show the most posters, most posts that are liked, etc.
DISAGREE. Reason - I don't have time to read every single thread. I like to see what's trending and hot topics.