An idea to add some more logic and structure into templating.
For instance: Quick Reply
This is always part of a topic template. Why not use switches in the templating system?
some title stuff, breadcrumbs,category, new topic, new reply, etc..
markup goes here
some other shit here
Using these if's in templates, you can really template everything you want.
When the template is parsed, the parses checks if the quick_reply should be shown or not.
In this case, the designer has complete control over the lay-out, and the position where he/she wants the information.
This idea isn't mine, I've seen it in a CMS, and have templated it. The power and the control the designer has, is endless..