´Same thoughts over here too! These settings should go with next to the effects panel, please!
Or even better, start work on the Effects buttons window which will also include the Particle gravity and deflection options. Here is the link if you have forgotten: http://www.shadeless.dk/ui/particles.jpg In my oppinion this will really improve matters for particles. The current effects tab is too wide and still the buttons are crazily cramped and full of mad abbriviations that are impossible to figure out what means. The addition of the effects button window (and the removal of the current effects panel in the Object buttons) would make the particles much more accesible. One change from the mockup was agreed on though: the gravity/deflection options should always be apparent in this window and you shouldn't have to set it to a Particle effect to achieve deflection/gravity.