Long answer: If we consider merlyn's motivation, it seems that he wanted to identify his own posts, I suppose in order to be able to skip them. Since Newest Nodes lists the name of the poster, I'm not sure why he needs to do this. I kinda wish merlyn had commented on this -- but I understand his schedule may not permit visiting PM as often as some.
in reply to Dingbats in node titles: What's your opinion
Perhaps the solution would be to add (authour) to the end of a title found by Super Search, as Newest Nodes does. Dingbats would then be unnecessary.
Short answer: I prefer not to see them; reply titles are complicated enough already.
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