Hover?

I am not yet understanding the joy of the return of the hover feature. It only highlights the first sentence or so of the initial post in a thread. Recall that in the classic view any post in the thread could be partially read by hovering. I loved that and I suppose many of you do also.

But, without thread view, just how much does hover help one in a thread?

(I see now that I posted this same thought on the recruiting board. I looked this morning and could not find it; therefore, I thought I had written it without submitting it. Sorry.)