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In the spot light tends to be a thread killer.
Why? It puts it at the top of a list of stickies, that for the most part, are ignored by posters. Most people don't start looking at forum titles until they reach the first "regular thread" icon, be it blue or orange. As such, the spotlight thread simply dies.
My suggestion: Place a Spotlight thread at the bottom of the stickies, and give it a new Icon (Say a spotlight).
This would put the spotlight thread in a spot likely not to be over-looked, AND cause it to stand out from the stickies (thumbtacks) that everyone ignores.
So long, and thanks for all the fish!