The XOR SectionTools plugin for TextPattern features several powerful tools for handling sections and categories within sections. For instance, article counting for a section, from anywhere, as well as category listings for a specific section, only counting those that actually have posts in them are some of the features in this package.
Please refer to the XOR Textpattern Resources project page for bug reporting and ticket logging: http://www.bjers.biz/projects/textpattern/
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