I'm happy to say that Dropplets, the platform powering this blog, now contains code that I contributed. It's a very minor thing, but it adds the significant ability to style posts independently of each other.
The feature was inspired by things like Tumblr's quote feature and WordPress' Post Formats. I wanted to break up the stream of similar-looking posts and have some variety. Not every post requires a headline or a thumbnail.
$post_status lets you do:
$post_statusas a CSS class to style posts differently.
$post_statusin a PHP
if... elseloop to deliver completely different HTML for different post types.
$post_statusto make soup.
If you think of some other use, let me know.