Verge Commenting Madness

A recent Gizmodo --> Verge convert, I'm finding The Verge's commenting system a little troubling. I'm sure I'm not the first to complain, but I haven't found a good way to search posts in specific verge communities.

Trying to navigate through a series of comments on the same level can be a nightmare, considering that absolutely everything is expanded. I found an account setting that sets the default behavior of comments to be "closed," but enabling it so far has had no effect. Additionally, none of the speedreading shortcuts seem to be working.

(Google Chrome Version 24.0.1312.36 beta, OS X 10.8.2)

Has anyone else run into these issues, and if so, how did you resolve them?

At the very least, The Verge should implement functionality for manually expanding and collapsing comment threads, so that content that is not of interest to you doesn't cause you to have to scroll countless thousands of pixels downwards resulting in you losing track of what exactly all these comments are even replying to in the first place. The nice thing about Gizmodo's commenting system is that users view the comments one level at a time, which makes selective depth-first and breadth-first comment reading a breeze.