A bold statement was made over on FeverBee today: "Reddit is the exception, threaded discussions are awful."
I have mixed feelings on the matter, and want to know: Do you agree?
If I skip out on a discussion for a day or two and revisit to see 9 additional pages of comments, I know that I'll inevitably have to start scanning from the beginning and make a mental note of the timestamps along the way. Sometimes tedious and annoying, other times quite pleasant to note new voices and tangential conversations.
Jeff Atwood made the argument that Web discussions are flat by design, and "this is software Darwinism in action: threaded discussion is ultimately too complex to survive on the public Internet."
Let's explore this further...
1. Do you believe threaded discussions are superior to flat? Cite your favorite examples!
2. Can you name any 10+ year old discussion forums that use threading, which are still active today? (Discounting /reddit and Slashdot.)
3. What about hybrids? If you had to build a new forum, what aspects of flat or threaded discussion would you incorporate, and specifically how?