It's deceiving. I think it will be changed later. There should be a favorite button, a share button, and a vote up/down button in that left-side corner.
Agreed, this would increase the usability.
In the acp, I am able to view the visitors and pageviews according to the time period, via the graph on the dashboard.
However, I am not able to see such a breakdown for user signups, topics, and posts.
Can someone please point me in the right direction, to get this information?