This post is meant as feedback to the folks that are running the tech side of these sites; add your opinion/comments/suggestions in the replies. The way comments and replies are arranged is extremely difficult to follow. When looking at all replies, it's just a stream of everything, no separation between comments and replies.

You have to click on a comment or reply to make sense of a conversation.

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That is just plain stupid.

I actually like the idea of the resharing feature and I think it could be interesting to use it but why change the comments section? In the current commenting system, it is easy to go over replies to a post and see which ones I might want to participate in. This new system is difficult to follow and at the moment, discouraging my participation.

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I can appreciate going [back] to a vertical layout of the comments (looks like we're going full circle and coming back to version 4.0 [and 5.0, dysfunctional as it may have been]), just fix the way comments and replies are laid out and it will be fine.