"I agree that an option to remove the stick would be very nice."
That would satisfy both worlds.
The stick on this lens reminds me of an dentists tool, a grinder.
My Ultron LTM 35mm f/1.7 has a big flat screw on the place were the Ultron LTM 28mm f/1.9 has a stick. I guess that on that spot a stick was planned too, but that on the last moment the wise decision was made to remove it.
It seems that someone at Cosina/Voigtländer is obsessed with sticks.