Inspired by the recent (and chronically recurring) thread about marking zombie threads to make them obvious.
The thread list page shows: Thread title, user name of OP, and date/time and user name of most recent post, among other tidbits.
But it does NOT show the date of the OP. There is plenty of room that this could be shown below the thread title, right next to the OP user name. This would be valuable for all threads (zombie or not), so we can know the vintage of any thread before even opening it.
Is this a doable thing in vBulletin? I think this would be very useful, and incidentally would go quite a ways toward alleviating the recurrent zombie-surprise complaints.