With some of these mega threads going on it's become very apparent that a threaded discussion format could really benefit this site. Really, the linear format can stay and run in parallel because some people will probably prefer that but a threaded system like reddit is almost a necessity for one simple reason. The "fluff" posts that accompany the larger discussions just get in the way. I can have 200 unread posts in a thread and maybe 10 will have any sort of valuable content. The rest are just memes and people bitching at each other that could be hidden in some downvoted thread that I don't have to read. Right now there is no way to filter content at all. This basically makes me not want to participate in them. I end up losing important details because I don't read 500+ posts a day in 5 different threads.
I bring this up not just because I would personally enjoy it but this site sort of gets to live in a silo and I think time will eventually catch up with it. The mobile version is quite load heavy even on a newer phone. Moving to a threaded system will allow much more freedom to read what you want, load what you want and ignore the rest. While the system might not track a hierarchy right now of replies, adding that in shouldn't be terrible. I'd even pay a higher sponsorship price for the site if that were a benefit.
Does anyone else see this as a growing need?