Re: "The question is..."
I think the directors sometimes had troubles framing shots with Riker in them. Jonathan Frakes is actually a pretty big guy, and especially with Patrick Stewart being (comparitively) small, they sometimes had to get creative just to fit him into a shot with another actor.
Riker's characteristic "I thrust my pelvis into Data's face" leaning pose on the Ops console is one by-product of this.
That's a good point. I just wish they'd found another way to do it.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again