I read through the kikstand thread, and was sorry to see that it was closed.
I probably have half a dozen bikes around my place, two that I actually still ride, an old Schwinn Le Tour expertly modified by the wizard owner of a now defunct LBS, and a Giant T-Mobile carbon frame bike also souped up by the same guy.
The Le Tour came equipped with a kickstand that is still in place.
The Giant had none, still has none.
That same wizard showed me what should have been obvious to me, to us, but I never thought about it.
If you find any upright surface (wall, pole, tree, post, whatever), where you can lean your rear wheel such that the wheel surface touches at a point above and below the horizontal diameter, the wheel will be prevented from turning, and the bike can be propped with surprising rigidity. It won't roll, won't fall over, and no part of the frame/handlebar, seat, etc. need touch anything.
I always felt a need for a kickstand until he taught me this. If I am out riding the Schwinn, I might use the kickstand, or I might use this piece of teaching from my old wizard (formerly head of tech for Cannondale, USA).
I wouldn't look at the kickstand issue from the standpoint of style or even weight (c'mon, most of us are not in the advanced class where the weight of a kickstand will make a meaningful difference in our riding).
I feel fortunate to have been shown this little tip. It really works, and some have watched me in disbelieving awe when I make use of some spartan four-foot high post as a point against which I can safely lean my bike.
I've yet to have my bike fall over, and I never have to lay it down.
Personally, I see no compelling reason to remove the stand from my Le Tour, no urgent need to add one to my Giant.