'why put the classification and reporter on the "listing"'
'WE ARE TECHIES - WE WANT INFORMATION, EFFICIENTLY.'
One of the problems is we are asking for different things. Go back over the comments in all three articles on this current change, and you'll find people asking for the classification and reporter that you are wondering why it's there, and some asking for that info to not be there.
One way of making all of us techies happy might be to provide a public API, we can write our own queries to present the info in which ever way we like. Now THAT might be innovation in a tech news site, the user editable profile might include -
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