Either way what is the rationale for writing off 50% of vertical screen estate for fluff and having to post X times to be able to change it? Scrolling for the sake of it suxx
It would be nice if short posts didn't waste so much space. I switched to the left side mode and i get that the profile info sets the lower bound but seriously, unless there are technical barriers, it should be compressed (yes, it was a problem with old forums too). Oneliner taking up 30% of 1200px vertical is too much, the profile info should be half as tall.
There is no reason why join date/location/beans shouldn't be done in single line. Beans number could be moved next to coffee icons