Reading this very heavily commented question I found that when I read those comments to the end, many were "collapsed" comments that I missed, and thus I read comments out of order, and had to re-read quite a bit. Of course now that I am wiser I can try to remember such a possibility when reading future posts. But could there be a graphical reminder? Something differentiating consecutive comments from those with hidden comments in between, such as a dashed horizontal rule, or line that says "2 comments later..." for example?

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    $\begingroup$ I agree. The comments are already separated by a grey line; I think it should become a thicker zigzag line when intermediate comments are hidden. Let's put a lot of comments under this question to demonstrate the need for this feature. // But seriously, this feature request was already made and unfortunately, it's tagged status-declined. $\endgroup$ – user53153 Jan 13 '13 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ What about this: Does it make sense to enumerate the comments to a question? I would say: Yes, if it's done automatically... $\endgroup$ – draks ... Jan 13 '13 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Pavel thank you for the link, I was surprised to not find it in my search. Declined on stackoverflow; does that implie the same for here though? $\endgroup$ – adam W Jan 13 '13 at 22:24
  • $\begingroup$ robjon's comment about the risk of making comments too much like chat seems pertinent here. (thank you @draks for that link) $\endgroup$ – adam W Jan 13 '13 at 22:31
  • $\begingroup$ this idea about having the "show extra comments" at the top would also be a good solution for this I think. $\endgroup$ – adam W Jan 13 '13 at 22:35
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    $\begingroup$ @adamW The underlying software is essentially the same for all sites, minus add-ons like MathJax and policy details like limits on the number of questions per day/month and whether unregistered users can ask questions. So yes, declined on Meta.SO means declined across SE. // Slim hope: the request was declined by Atwood, who subsequently left SE. I don't know how much the leadership keeps true to the words of the founding father. $\endgroup$ – user53153 Jan 13 '13 at 22:39

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