@Frostion I don't really see a difference as when you move to the edge of the screen one of the 2 directions is always pulling backwards... whether that is on the way to the mini map or on the back from the minimap seems fairly inconsequential. The movements would simply become reversed.
The reason I have suggested moving it was based on conversations I have had with other people as an idea to move as much of the visual information grouped together into one area. That is... having all of the UI related stuff all together in one location. ie. tabs, buttons, minimap, turn info, player info.
But it would be equally effective to have the tabs drop down rather than pop up if moving the mini map proves disagreeable to the community.