In the recent post on how best to discourage monomaniacs, without banning them, from derailing discussions by posting about their pet peeves that have barely any connection with the original topic, it was suggested that one improvement might be to eliminate nested comments that group sidebar conversations together, so that when one scrolls down, comments do not appear in chronological order. Up to now, this blog has had five levels of nesting..
Eliminating nesting would mean that all comments appear strictly in the chronological order in which they are posted, so that you could know immediately what comments have appeared since you last checked. This would, however, require commenters to make an explicit reference to the comment number they are replying to and may require some scrolling back to see it. People who are fans of non-nested comments say that it works well even on blogs that generate hundreds of comments. There are other options as well, such as having just one or two levels of nesting.
This is one of those things in which some people will dislike whatever option is chosen. I have no strong feelings either way but I thought we could give the non-nested comments a trial run and see how it goes. So that will be the case from this post onwards and I’ll keep that on for some time so that people can get used to it and then revisit this topic later to see what the feedback is.
I urge people to give it a fair shot.