Continuing the discussion from Categories page - category / subcategory stats inaccurate to user:
Say we have a hobbyist forum with just three main categories: shop talk, classifieds and off topic.
Because of that, we prefer not to click around too much and might as well have our main view consist of three columns, and each would include a 20 topic listing of a single parent category not much unlike “latest” view sorted by date.
We then use child categories for buying and selling topics, and they would be visible in the listing. Latest, unread and new are still visible and can be used as originally intended.
I suspect, judging how category page works, that this is not just a simole css hack or a feature in the works, but what exactly has to be tampered with to achieve this?