FWIW, I went live with a somewhat thinnish Socrates site five days ago. It has some content, an exact KW match TLD, Amazon product listings, AdSense and four inbound links showing on Yahoo Site Explorer. Today it ranks #7 on Google for it's preferred keyword phrase out of 1.3 million results. So, something's working with this theme. In other words, Socrates is no obstacle to getting early rankings, and, for all I know, may have helped. And, yeah, I know it may not last.