12. Just all I need, putting the Applications folder on the left side of the divider, saves the need, as I just control-click (or click-hold and wait forever) then choose the application as I stick all my apps in the Applications folder
There is no official way to disable the dock, but their are some applications out there that may help. Try a search on VersionTracker
I have a total of 17 items on my dock. I use Fruitmenu , which gives me access to a pull-down menu where I have shortcuts of applications, games, utilities, and my desktop or anything else I want to put up there.
Klaatu, with the method outlined for yo above you don't need to log in as root so don't worry about it.
When you enter the line "sudo mv Dock.app ~/Documents/Doc.app" the 'sudo' part of it temporarily makes you have enough permission to move the dock. It will be asking for your password before it completes the action though.
If you want, before you do anything else, type in 'sudo -s' in the terminal, and after it asks you for your password you will be enabled as root for the rest of the session in the terminal.
My Mac experience would be made SO much easier if we could only drag items from the desktop onto folders on the dock, and have a pop-up menu appear, enabling me to tunnel and drop. I hate having to control-click on the documents folder, navigate to the folder I want, click on it, let the window open, drag the file into the window, and close it.
Seems like a simple functionality... but nobody's bothered to make it work yet!