If it works for you - I would use it. Data is messy - what every you can do to help make it better I would consider. I am trying all sorts of things - if it works I keep it, if not - I move on.
It might SEEM that way, but without doing these types of things - the real good stuff will remain hidden in the data. Also - for 500k/3m - everyone and their brother is going to try whatever they can - you don't have a choice if you want to remain competitive.
FWIW - quick reply screws stuff up - the regular reply doesn't squish everything together.
Someone had a good post on how to post code (I think it was Jeff) - but I couldn't find it the other day though when I was looking for it. It would be cool if we could sticky that or put the link somewhere near the reply buttton.