August 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
I turned off comment nesting, because I despise it. Unfortunately, when you do that WordPress (which I am just getting to know) apparently ‘flattens’ out preexisting comment threads which were nested. The comments in the last several posts are affected, which may make things look a bit more disjointed than the commenters intended. Sorry about that.
I prefer linear comments because they make it easier to follow a thread over time. I also prefer them because they encourage us to directly quote the part of someone else’s post to which we are responding. This has lots of benefits, not least of which is that it makes it a bit harder (though of course not impossible) to pretend someone said something he didn’t say. Bad paraphrase (“Bob said he wants to pitchfork children!”) is one of my pet peeves, though I know I’m not completely immune myself. I consider it a vicious form of calumny when it is done on purpose; so lets never do it on purpose and try hard not to do it on accident.