Continuing the discussion from Introducing BBS, our new forums:
Honestly, I think this is the wrong debate to be having.
I don't like your car, I want a truck
Ok, I have a car, how can I make it more efficient and usable for me.
The argument for flat vs threaded are interminable. On one side you have: "This works for reddit, hacker news and is very friendly for tangents" ... On the other side: "You have a system that makes it very simple to catch up with new conversation in a topic and run very long running debates"
We have a hybrid flat design, you can open tangent topics (like this one). You can expand "in reply to" or "replies". You can expand quotes.
Clearly, our system is not perfect.
What would you like to see changed in the flat topic design that would make you like it more?
I have raise an idea to allow you to multi expand stuff (so you can expand replies and replies to replies), there may be other ideas, feel free to pitch in.