It’s been noticed, so I should really explain. The Buffometer, like the webcam and the “listening to” bit, is part of the Wonderful Dynamic Aquarionics Bit. Basically, the Buffometer only appears if it’s been updated in two weeks. Likewise the webcam will vanish if it dies for five days, and the listening to is current to two.
Because I dislike outdated things being on the front page 🙂