The new slashcode numbers responses to articles
differently than the old code did. Instead of a
separate numbering, beginning with "1" for each
article, it seems to have a universal numbering system
among ALL the responses to ALL the articles.
That is, when browsing at -1, flat, oldest first, for
article 20752 ("HP To Sell Custom High-Security
GNU/Linux Distro"), the first several responses are
numbered #2203381, #2203524, #2203528, #2203530.
Presumably the intervening response numbers are used
on responses to different articles.
I suppose that this change was made for a particular
reason; perhaps reducing the appeal of "First Posts"
or making the code more trim and efficient. I don't
But I do know that it makes Meta Mod slightly more
difficult. Particularly, it makes evaluating
possibly-redundant responses more difficult.
"Redundant" is a rating relative to the replies that
have come before, so generally speaking, earlier
replies are less likely to be redundant. Not knowing
cannonically what number the response is makes that
evaluation more cumbersome. Sure, I can go back to
the original article, and try to find that reply among
the potentially several hundred, but now I'm less
likely to Meta-Mod for all the work it will take to do
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