in reply to
Improvement suggestion for Newest Nodes
this info is already available to friars+ (you alluded to this, but it wasn't clear to me if you were aware.) the approval nodelet lists 'approved' and 'frontpaged' status, as well as the monk responsible for the action. if it's not approved, there is a checkbox allowing you to approve it (level 6+.)
i think newbies tend not to browse this site through newest nodes, instead using Seekers of Perl Wisdom, The Monastery Gates, Cool Uses For Perl, etc. i'm not sure how much value this would add. of course, i'm no longer a newbie, so i do most of my browsing through newest nodes, except my once daily perusal of the above mentioned pages for unapproved &| inappropriate nodes.