Maybe it's just me, but do we need all these stickies at the top of the forums? With the new ad (that I don't mind even if it's the biggest text add I've ever seen ) screen space becomes more limited.
In the General forum for example there are 5 stickies. On my screen, 1024*768, not more than 2 topics are visible - if I have my browser window maximized which I never have if I can avoid it.
Just a thought.