I hear what you are saying, and I've made decisions aimed at the same issue, like not including the post time in the feed.
As mentioned, I wasn't happy with my first attempts at this, but I haven't played with it enough to rule it out yet either. Currently we can see images in previews so there is some accessibility. Khaaan's images are unusually attractive, so I don't think they are the best measure of what we will typically see.
I do appreciate it as a fresh look at the design of the feed, however. Even if we don't implement this, I could see it inspiring something else that we do.
As we all know, Hubski will forever be compared to reddit.
Maybe not forever. Among our current hypotheticals there are some divergent routes. But, I do know what I want the soul of Hubski to be about.
BTW, just last week I was mocking up ideas of having the top-rated comment show up in the feed on hover; but it just didn't look right. You might have noticed that we have added a link to that comment with the commentor's name on hover over. I consider that to be in the testing phase. We debated it enough, and I liked it enough, that we decided to give it a try and see how it worked out.