In my opinion, the optimal structure for a discussion forum is:
1) Threaded comments. As well as clarifying the flow of discussion in a thread, threaded comments alleviate ambiguity (i.e. who/what you're replying to) that necessitates quoting.
2) Upvote posts, not threads.
Most of the major "built from scratch" web forums use that model. Slashdot, Reddit, ...
But that's neither here nor there until something is decided about the future software direction of TFL.
“The egg hatched...” “...the egg hatched... and a hundred baby spiders came out...”
“Who are you?” “A friend. I'm here to prevent you from making a mistake.” “You have no idea what I'm doing here, friend.” “In specific terms, no, but I swore an oath to protect the world...”
“It's a goal you won't understand until later. Your job is to make sure he doesn't achieve the goal.”
Last edited by tyme; April 3, 2013 at 07:25 PM.