Reverse chronological order comments

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t get why some sites display reader comments in reverse chronological order. It seems especially popular on newspaper sites, which also for some reason tend to use paging for comments. I think the combination of reverse order and paging makes trying to follow discussions very frustrating.

Still, since more and more sites seem to display comments this way I guess there are some people who actually prefer comments displayed backwards, so it is probably here to stay.

Here are a few suggestions for sites that do not display comments in forward chronological order (oldest first):

Thank you.

Posted on March 11, 2010 in Usability