What I believe is wrong with the commenting system
By keeping the first, older posts
on top you get the following:
- The first 1 - 3 posts are over-commented on since
it's usually the only ones most people will bother to read and
hence everyone wants to stick their post there.
- There's loss of enthusiasm when posting and knowing
your post will end up underneath so much text that it
would take 40+ seconds just to scroll to it and of course
most people then don't bother to read them. Finding own
posts is just as difficult, at times even Ctrl+F fails to help.
- The design of the post/reply hierarchy tree is poorly
implemented and there needs to be a more definitive, outlined separation
of individual posts from one another. Otherwise it feels flooded and
ever-continuous, requiring more concentration to notice where any one
thread starts and ends. This would cause people to just randomly choose
the comments to read since it's too busy/continuous and thus uncomfortable
to glance over every single one as you scroll down.
- Also having NO EDIT button only aggravates the above described
problems as users are then forced to make more posts to outline
their mistake and include the correct meaning and in general
end up posting more and more, instead of simply appending their
existing post and this makes the thread tree longer, further pushing newer posts down. The only reason I can fathom as to why they don't implement an edit button is that search engines somehow
rank the more commented on articles higher, if so? This is at
the expense of legibility and usability.
Oh, yeah and get rid of the damn gifs.