Posted by natgross:
The options on the SHOW pull down are powerful tools. However it is cumbersome to use.
If you put these options on the sidebar, not only can the user get instant feedback when changing a setting, but also can always see the current setting without the need to do anything. There is enough place on the sidebar to incorporate a new SHOW section.
Strangely enough, some of us use TD differently than others. I don't have a sliver of space in my sidebar most of the time. If you're considering this option seriously, please make it an option.