Aldo, thank you for your superb plugin.
I spent (wasted) over an hour trying to do something that I thought would be obvious and easy - make the right sidebar on the static home page of my new website show titles, dates and short excerpts of my new posts.
I found many discussion forums with suggestions for doing it by editing and adding code. None of that should be necessary in any well developed content management system.
Why this is not built into the basic functionality of WordPress is beyond my comprehension. Older themes have sidebars, TwentyTwelve does not (why?!).
People put far too much effort into making things appear trendy (eg forced capitalisation of headings) but not enough thinking into understanding that the primary requirement is for things to be simply practical. They change and ruin things that were working well, just for the sake of change.
Then I found your plugin. The image of the menu showed that it was put together by someone with a rational practical mind and would be easy to use.
It was. Only about one minute on settings, with your clear structure and good explanations built in. It just worked, first time. Just the way things should be.
Screen shot and two edited versions of it are here, to show my thoughts:
Re the date position, that could be just a tick box option in the settings, eg "Date above excerpt" or something similar.
Visual grouping of text elements is easy to achieve with appropriate spacings. No borders or other clutter needed, if it's done well.
Re the spacing, I see some earlier support requests re this, all needing simple editing of code, eg this one:
Not difficult, but, consistent with a fully developed content management system that never needs any editing of code, can these spacings be controlled within the plugin, or simply set by you as defaults?
Apart from anything else, I'm wary of the idea of creating a child theme, then wondering what happens to any customising in it when the theme is updated.