Vanilla was born out of the need for better discussion forum software. Every feature has been carefully thought through and designed to make the software easier to use and encourage more participation.
One of the important decisions that we made early on was to have a flat comment structure instead of a threaded (or nested) one where someone can reply to a comment and where those replies are indented, like on Reddit for example.
There are many reasons why threaded discussions are bad: they encourage the discussion to go off topic, paragraphs of text get squished into long skinny blocks, etc.
There are times when you want to call out another member or counter an opinion that appears several comments above. For this, Vanilla has two great features: @mentions and quoting.
To enable quoting, log into the Dashboard and enable the pluging called 'Quotes'. This will display the Quote icon on each comment in the discussion:
It's always a good idea to include some tips about using quoting and @mentions in an announcement post for new users who might not be familiar with this functionality.
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