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.
Imagine a pathologically idealistic, anti-religious, culturally-relativistic, iconoclastic, socially-irreverent, sociologically-progressive signature line here. Or don't.
Last edited by tyme; April 3, 2013 at 07:25 PM.