I agree, being a developer myself I know the issues I just terribly suck with the XF framework so it's like something totally new if you are not used to it or know where to look for stuff Would be different if I just created something myself, but searching and replacing stuff in third party code is always a pain.
However, maybe it is really more simple if I think different. I do think it would be easier to just allow pagination on the recent items on the main page right? Or do yu think it is as complex as adding a "god category" I woud be perfectly happy if you could just get a modification done that allows to browse the start page for the recent items. No need for anything else as I just use most recent anyways. Please do send me a quote for that.