I never used HOTLIST at dKos. Let me know if it is working right.
Also, on the top menu there is a new box called ‘Recent Comments’. It will show you the last 10 comments made on the site. That way you know who’s posting and where.
It replaces the box to look at your own comments. That can be done by clicking on the hyperlink in your userbox.
And I don’t think you can recommend your own diaries anymore.