What do you think about offering on a general news website a reply functionality on comments only for the first level? Post comments will be shown in chronological order (descending) while replies will be possible only for first level and threaded under the comment in ascending order. Do you think it's a usable solution for the end user?
A reply functionality is currently not present. Discussion are not so technical but we noticed that sometimes users tend to refer to a specific comment by indicating the name of the commenter so we are considering a reply functionality. Seems that users do not need to engage in in-depth conversations, so I'm wondering if giving them a reply functionality only on the first level and thread the discussion like gmail does could be a good solution for the given context