Same here - never had flux do that to me - not even the 0.9.6 version that I tested out for a bit. Is it symetrical - is the clock side really huge too? The only thing I can think of is that you edited a workspace name, somehow, that's really long. It expands to make room for however long your workspace-name-text is. Try setting it to 0 or a 100 or something, and then setting it back. *g*
I think the thing you're noticing is 'workspace warping' which, as hw-tph says, is configurable.
I am a big fan of gkrellm - got a few plugins in it, but it's the only thing in the slit. I don't use anything but flux and regular apps, otherwise. Clean.
Here's a nifty doodad if you have rxvt, though:
rclock -i -bg black -fg green -update 1 -geometry 150x150+870+0 -nodate &
Put that as the first line of your ~/.xinitrc and you get the date in the toolbar along with the clock and you can pop it up to another nifty clock - which is pretty pointless, as flux has one, but rclock can run cron-job like stuff, including popping up reminders like 'Get off the computer, your eyeballs are going to explode.' *g* Just add the 'rclock jobs' to ~/.rclock. (Yeah, I know, gnome and kde and whatnot have this integrated by default, but it's still kinda cool.)
-- First line of the 'apps to start' section, I mean.