There have been at least 10 times when I've read a story in the mod queue, and it -really- sparked something in me. Maybe it was about guns, maybe it was about schools, maybe it was bout females in the workplace.
I don't remember what I ended up writing as my comment for those stories in the mod queue, but I do remember that if I had to wait a day or two to actually comment on the damned story, I would have either forgotten what I wanted to say, or calmed down enough so that it wouldn't have felt important that I reply.
Either way, k5 has lost a comment.
The real problem is "nobody's replying to comments".
IMHO, it is because you can never tell when somebody has replied to your own comment. People are greedy and lazy, and will be more likely to reply to a comment that they've made than other comments.
But once people who have voted for a story actually go back and read a discussion that has taken place, they'll usually go ahead and start posting comments (like me :^)=
Also, it gets difficult to follow a discussion at times, especially when there are more than 100 comments. I made a discussion engine for a project of mine that I think makes it a little bit easier for casual users to tell when new comments have been posted. Take a look my discussion board, read and/or post if you feel like it.
It's designed for a school to just plug in a listing for each class, and get a free discussion board, as well as file-sharing and professor announcements really easily.
If there were a better/easier way for people to see how many people have replied to their comments (ie: You have 4 new! replies from Skippy, kmself, rusty, [more...], at the top of each page) I think you would see comment participation rise an order of magnitude.
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