Why? It serves a purpose and I've not seen anyone else complaining about it. It's publicity in return for hard work.
"It's publicity in return for hard work"
Not b--tching about that part, just how long before someone else gets the space? I could think of a number of 'top contributers' who possibly deserve the honor. Probably not the one who's been dead for nearly a year now though. It's like the intern in charge of the right column data went back to school and nobody got a replacement...
I would much prefer that the Popular Discussions are eliminated. In my opinion, links to threads archived for more than four years are completely useless.