imho, there is too much whitespace in short posts due to the 3 button images in the left pane. (user profile, sticky mail, and print msg) Here is where some of that new-fangled jQuery stuff can come in handy with "show tools" to click on or something which shows the 3 buttons.
I read a lot of posts in the feedback/suggestions wanting to KISS, which I'm all about. I try to code as much of my site(s) in simple html+css to speed page load times, etc. jQuery is great, let the visitors' computers do some of the work. They're probably 99% underutilized cpu anyway. :)