I have to say that the reply system on threads is not good. In fact I would say terrible.
I see lots of posts from people who have just used the reply button and I have no idea what the original comment was that was being responded to without scrolling up the thread! Using quotes works a lot better in my view.
Hmmm… I’m not so sure it’s bad design
You can hit reply to a particular comment if you like (although there have been some problems noted with that), or you can reply with the big button to the thread in general. If you want to be specific, you can also use quotes, or tag individuals.
With any new thread, most of the comments refer to the original post. Even if you don’t indicate you’re replying to a particular comment, it is often clear what folk are referring to.
Reducing choice is unlikely to make it any clearer in my view.
That doesn’t help when you’re far down in a thread, and there’s a post that’s clearly a reply to someone, but you can’t tell who or what it’s a reply to. For example, this post is a reply to the one above it, but there’s nothing in my reply to indicate that.
The positive side of the advice about what is there is perfectly functional if people choose to use the tools I agree with. No change to the forum is needed nor planned in that regard.
I can post a general reply to no-one, just adding a comment to the overall topic, by clicking the orange REPLY button at the very bottom of the topic.
This really is non specific and can be unhelpful when a post is meant to be directly replying to someone else’s post.
I can post a direct reply to the original post by clicking the grey Reply button bottom right of the screenshot.
I can view the replies already posted by clicking the drop down arrow - bottom left of screenshot. (2 at the time of posting)
It might be a one-sentence post that can’t be edited down any further and still make sense.
IIRC, It used to be that if you clicked the “reply” under a specific post (rather than the general button at the bottom of the thread), in the upper-right corner of your reply there would be a curved arrow next to a little icon of the person you were responding to, that could be clicked on to go back and read that post. It’s not there anymore.
Jeez, never mind. I’m sorry I got involved in this discussion.