#1
I think instead of having a when a thread is "hot" we should have instead. (If it's possible) I don't know
#2
It'd make the page loading process slower for people with dial-up or something, I would think.
#4
the hot threads wouldn't stand out as much.

but i reckon the standard with a flame would be cool
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