I'm getting concerned Chuck as you said "users who choose to use dropdowns".
What do you mean by this? If there is an alternative to using the dropdown menu to provide users the means of editing/closing ads etc then please tell me. Icons set to Yes is what I have experienced as default. It sounds like you're trying to tell me I've been modifying the display options and ended up with an installation that isn't rendering properly whereas I can assure you I havent.