I haven't used an archives index in a while, but it appears as though WP is moving towards only allowing Archives as an official page.
I use the wp_get_archives in my sidebar but have never liked how it displays all of the posts in full-frontal format. I love the index of archived posts.
At one point I must have used a plugin (unknowingly) to accomplish this. I don't want a separate page for my archives. As I look at the how-to for the wp_get_archives, it looks like I could pass a string (possibly "format=link" ??) But this doesn't give me the index I would like.
Feel free to chastise my ignorance, but several thoughtful searches make it seem like WP is moving away from the possibility of a dynamic index.
Am I wrong?