I'd love to have the ability to display a little description of the thread (option to add our own word count would be a bonus) in the thread listing view. I suppose this will resemble an Article view of the topics and this will be useful for News forum. I use XenPorta's Recent Thread module to show my news article in the landing page. If only i could display the beginning part of the news, it'd turn into an awesome Article-like module. I am not sure if this is better left as a hack of XenPorta's Recent-thread module or part of the core feature though.