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Nested replies can get complicated and messy pretty quickly. I think the best idea would be the ability to actually quote the post you are replying to.
Where it has the link to report this post, it would be nice to have a link where you can quote this post and it would appear in your reply.
I loathe the idea of upvoting or downvoting comments. It's not a social media site, it's a business site.
When you allow the ability to have "circles", "treasuries" and "favorites" it is just as much a social media site as it is a business site. I think what makes Etsy so great is that it is so personal. You get to know the person you are buying your product from, you can follow them, you can easily communicate with them.
Plus every other thread post is dealing with social media.
I do disagree with the Reddit model in that I don't think your upvotes or downvotes should be carried through to your account/profile. The upvotes or downvotes should be thread specific, with no profile count. This would help disincentivize the ganging up mentioned in a previous comment.
Currently, those threads with over a thousand comments just end up being the same cycles of conversations every 5 pages or so.
I think the Google Forum model or NPR comment system is pretty good.