I think the thing to remember here is that, as Paxx said, the poll was taken because at heart Brad respects the WC community and his efforts and contributions are all in the effort of furthering that community. While WC is a Stardock website, it IS a community, and Stardock are a company who are known for listening to customers and users, in software support and in changes for the satisfaction of the end-user. If the poll had reflected that Brads editorials were not appreciated they would have stopped.
I understand what you are saying Mr Biotech in regards to the appropriateness of the placement, but as a somewhat casual user of Wincustomize, I enjoy reading Brads editorials, and if they were elsewhere they would be missed. While the statistics for this website show millions viewing it over monthly periods, a large percentage of those are probably not ACTIVE community participants, they will view the main page and explore some articles, maybe comment, and download a skin.
While Brads editorials are opinionated and very much perspective pieces, he neither claims he is right, and furthermore usually links to appropriate external news sites so that a person can get the 'full perspective' if they feel that Brad's vibe is taking over there thinking.
One has to remember that we all want the same thing, a prosperous community that is productive and fulfilling. That will mean different things to different people, but in the end if the majority speaks then some people have to suck in a deep breath and continue on with things. brad is obviously at the center of progress along with his staff at Stardock. One has to remember that his time and energy are spent looking 'forward' and right now that incorporates 'WC2K5'. I'm sure I am not the only one that wants to bring my own dreams into glorious fruition as soon as possible, and I think these editorials are a part of that future possibility.. we are getting a glimpse, and I think it is a good one.
I am not 'Pro Brad' or mindlessly consuming everything he says. But I do enjoy the chance of hearing the perspective. Admittedly as someone said in this thread earlier, Brad could make use of the 'Full Story' link to sum up what is shown on the main page, but that is just semantics.
I like them, I think they should stay where they are. I look forward to the possibilities in WC2K5 and I hope more people post news with a bit of flavour as well... with use of the 'full story' link if possible