I am definitely with Biker.GA. I migrated our forums from vBulletin but now many of our users are somewhat lost.
I find it weird that the developers are calling the icon "meaningless". It is not always about the code but ALWAYS about how users perceive the outcome. If duplicating icons everywhere makes it easier for users to accept something, then that should become the functional requirement when writing the program.
Anyway, I'm off to find a way to make this happen for my users. But I think IPB development team could do with "User Acceptance Testing" before assuming something so useful to users is useless. This is why WYSIWYG was invented.