Some people have suggested that we disable the comments feature on the forum. What do you think about that?
In some older discussions here, the comments and replies are very confusing to sort through, but I think the way people use comments has changed. There used to be big boxes in the forum where you could type in comments below the original post and below each reply, but now we've hidden them. I think those boxes encouraged people to submit comments where they probably should have submitted replies. In newer discussions, people seem to be using comments a lot less, maybe at an appropriate level.
It can be useful to have the ability to leave a comment on a post or a reply, like you can do on some other platforms, and I would be hesitant to disable a feature simply because there was some initial confusion about the best way to use it.
Another issue with disabling the comments feature is that this would hide all the comments that people have made, unless someone went through and converted each one to a reply; this would be a lot of work, and could mess up the context for them.
I'm not against disabling comments; I just want to make sure that people have plenty of opportunity for input on this, and that people don't judge the comments feature only on how it was used when the forum was new and none of us were used to having two levels of feedback on a post.
Also, there are two separate settings, one to allow comments on the original post, and the other to allow comments on replies.
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