I'm working on an add on that adds a new "Thread Tool" called "Promote". Promoted Threads will have the first post of the thread displayed in one of three (or all three) places, the forum index, the thread list of a forum, or the thread list of only it's forum. Multiple promoted threads will result in a slideshow ordered by the most recently promoted. As you can see on http://phphelpcenter.com/ I have the timer configured all the way down to 5 seconds so you don't have to wait forever to have it switch. You will be able to adjust this on your install. You can see the thread starter's avatar, a link to the thread, the number of replies and views (likes will be added), and the message from the first post. This isn't really even close to completion yet, it will most likely be released next week (probably as a $5-10 paid addon). I'm just looking for suggestions and feedback.