'How to solve the "thread" puzzle?'
The question was brought up recently on another thread. Since there is really no site policy for this, every poster makes her/his own decision where to place her/his replies.
I really don't think we need any 'rules' to govern this, but the interesting question, 'How can anyone that has not followed the thread develop from the beginning, follow the train of thought?' was raised and I think it is s subject worthy of discussion.
We are, for the most part, trying to provide information to people seeking info about Nicaragua. If a thread jumps all over the place and is difficult to follow some of the info-seekers may not find what they are looking for.
What could we do to make the threads a little more organized?
1.) I really like the layout of the new Yahoo News Comment section. Each Comment is shown in the order it is posted. Comments on each comment are placed under that comment but not immediately visible on the main page. Only the number of 'Sub- Comments' is shown. This would likely mean a complete revamping of the site, so I'm not sure this is practical.
2.) Each comment posted directly under the initial 'thread starter' could be given a number so people can easily see in what order the comments were posted.
3.)This is probably the easiest and most immediate solution: We can all agree to post only comments addressing ONLY the 'thread-starter' post. Any comment addressing subsequent comments would be posted directly under that post.
If we keep in mind to make the information easy to find for newcomers and visitors, we increase the value of the site to others and to ourselves.
I'd love to read other suggestions how to eliminate the need to try to decipher the mystery by checking each posting date and time in order for the thread to make sense.