We will not be automatically synching the contacts in Notes 8.0. We (development and design) discussed this issue this afternoon and decided not to because now that we have the "typeahead" dynamic personal address book, even tho you think that the size of contacts is small, it might not be, and the network traffic of synching contacts automatically along with everyting else most not be negligible.
For Samantha, this is unfortunate (except the part about how these Contacts will not automatically count toward the mail quota.)
We agreed that controlling something like this via user policy is the way to go in a future release.
Thanks for your comments. I was a bit surprised that I didn't get many. I expected this to be a really big issue, and I'm actually a little disappointed that I got WAY more comments about F5 and double right-click than this one. :(