Sorry, just grousing here, but here's what I've noticed:
Threads get long because articulate people are discussing complex issues.
This has been a particular issue for me in the gmLess design space thread.
I finally get around to reading through part of a thread. There are things I want to respond to or ask questions about etc.
But maybe it's already been addressed below.
So a reader (read: me) has two options:
1). scroll way down to the end of the post and comment. This may be rendered redundant by all the intervening posts that have accumulated. You might be just cluttering the conversation strand with annoying repetitions.
2). read through all of the branching pathways the conversation takes. All of these pathways are channelized by the format into one tangled dreadlocks of a strand. All mixed together... difficult to hold in mind simultaneously.
Since I don't have the cognitive bandwidth to track all the staggered and asynchronous conversations simultaneously, and I don't have the patience or the time to read and take pen and paper notes to remind myself about what comments I want to make when I get to the end of the strand, I go with the quick scroll mostly. But it's a crummy way to communicate. I end up feeling badly about it.
Someone worked hard to make this site and it's a truly awesome thing. Thank you!!!
but I've noticed that the way commenting works in Facebook groups handles this challenge soooooo much more effectively.
I do appreciate the independent status of this site... and the fact that it seems to attract great people, unlike some Facebook groups can be... I'm not suggesting everything moves to Facebook. Heaven forfend!!
Anyway, thanks for all the good conversation. I'm happy this place exists. I plan to continue to hang out here as much as possible