The same could be said about modern cars. Do non-mechanically-inclined people complain about that? No. They just want it to work. Same for their computers. They don't want to be forced to have a masters degree in computer science to figure out how to do things, they just want it to work, no matter what OS they use. As a power user myself, having those graphical interfaces surely doesn't inhibit my ability to do what I need to do with *nix, and I am old enough to remember the hassles of trying to troubleshoot windows 3.x issues w/ MSDOS and with Slackware & Xwin circa 1996. Trying to force non-technical people to learn and operate a command line only serves to annoy everyone involved, same as trying to force someone who is not mechanically inclined to overhaul their car's engine - you are asking for trouble. which is also why I stopped doing tech support for family and friends about 15 years ago, and why I take my cars to a mechanic rather than fiddle with it myself anymore (I've better things to do with my time now).
That's because you are a power user.
For the casual user, it's a smart move for them to suggest using sudo; and I suspect the same line of reasoning that Microsoft used when they added the Administrator interrupt sequence to Vista whenever you tried to do something at the system level. This way the casual user can't muck something up unintentionally.
It's annoying, sure, but there are ways around it. For those that don't know what they are doing, it makes sense (and helps to keep them from blaming the operating system or other software for something fatal that was entirely user error). I think most of us here have at one point in our lives done the tech support for a family member who knew enough to be dangerous and inevitably deleted a bunch of settings (or entire programs) that they shouldn't have, crippling the system. Sudo in Ubuntu & the Admin pop up in Vista (I don't know if they removed that in Win7) help to prevent that.
Let's talk cars for a minute. What you've done by moving that block of stats is take the speedometer (something you use everyday and is vitally important to the functional operations of your vehicle) off the dashboard and placed it in the trunk instead, replacing it with more prominent notices for recalls, advertisements for the current model year, and other messages from the manufacturer of your vehicle (all of which are important, but not vital to the everyday operation of the vehicle).. They has to be a better way to nag people to upgrade, if that is the intent. To relocate the core functionality (like the speedometer in your car) of the forum admin dashboard to somewhere less prominent was a decision made without considering the user interface & usability.
Yes, much of that information is available on the board index, but not everyone elects to display that information. However that information is always made available to admins on the dashboard. I don't know if you are familiar with driving a standard or not, but just because you can hear the RPMs (and are familiar with the shift points) doesn't necessarily mean that you don't need to or want to know what the engine is actually doing. That tachometer is still functionally important and needs prominent visibility.
The core functionality of that dashboard, like a car, is designed to make administrating that forum (vehicle) as easy and clear as possible with the information readily at hand in sight to efficiently make the appropriate decisions. It is foolish to lose focus of that interface usability concept.
Well, I made it so the logos show up on mine, but they are only clickable when viewing a thread (they aren't clickable when viewing the member's profile - haven't been able to figure that out yet). I agree though, you would think it'd be something they'd include the option for out of the box.
Spoke with Matt about this previously, but it would be superb, in the dashboard/stats report center/whatever it is called, to be able to see, graphically, what the utilization of the various login methods are (X # of members are using facebook, twitter, forum, openid, etc) with the ability to not show/calculate the ones that are not enabled, as well as show the utilization of same methods for the past X # of days (facebook was used by members to login X% over previous 7/30 days, forum direct login was used X% over previous 7/30 days, etc). This will help to identify which services are actually being used so admins can act accordingly (and/or perhaps to keep an eye on if say the Twitter login isn't working and people just haven't said anything about it).
In the ACP Member management area, there should be an indication somewhere showing that a member has added a facebook/twitter/whatever account to their forum account. This will make it incredibly easier to troubleshoot external issues (such as members accidentally creating duplicate accounts when they use the facebook interface) as well as to identify who is actually using it and be able to know what is what. The biggest part of this though is being able to see that yes, User A has already connected their account to a facebook account, before I attempt to merge (or delete) what appears to be an accidental duplicate account.