i dont see why so many people are against the idea of rakes
if you dont want to carry another tool well dont go looking for leafs, act as though they arent collectible
for those who think you should shovel leafs: i have never seen some on effecently do it, it would be easier to farm with a shovel then to collect leaves (personal experience)
and for those people who think it should be an upside done pick-ax that just looks wierd rakes arent flat on the bottom
they have teeth
We're against the idea of rakes because the more complicated the idea is, the less likely Notch will be to implement the idea. I've never seen anyone efficiently cut down a tree with his bare hands either, but we do in minecraft.
side note: I love the idea of compost for fertilizer. It could also be used for saltpeter if crafting gunpowder is ever implemented.