Personally, I'm totally cool with MODs. In fact, I'll go as far as to agree with the "less of the usual" comment as we in society now are always striving to be unique. Age and sex need not apply. That being said, I also don't recall forum posts on their own, being a request for opinions. Just wanted to point out that "Skyeye" never requested opinions, simply stated his own.
Now to be a hypocrite...I think too many mods look busy. Like too many pieces on a fireplace mantle. Yours looks cluttered, but if you like it, that's cool too. I'm just a simple guy, so I like mine plain Jane.