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Occasionally. I'm set to threshold 1, threaded, highest first, show at +3. If I'm reading a story that is really interesting for some reason, I'll change to nested view so I don't miss anything. And if I've got mod points (and reading a story I'm knowledgable enough about to moderate well), I'll switch to nested, newest first.
But even those times, I sometimes find I want to re-read something in the original story. It's not too hard to back up once, then forward once, though, so I don't worry about it.
I find myself doing the same thing sometimes. Other things being equal, I would prefer to have the story shown.
Another reason I would like to be able to do this that sometimes I like to "prepackage" a link to an interesting page to mail to somebody. It's nice to be able to set the comment-display options to highlight relevant posts (especially for non-slash saavy folks) while still showing them the original article (remember, the recipient hasn't seen the original). I suppose it's a small enough thing, but more than once I have found myself wanting it to work differently. I guess that's why they open the source...
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