If the last few weeks on RTH have demonstrated anything, it's that the commentary here is, on balance, at least as good as the actual articles and blog entries - not only in quality, which is frequently excellent, but also in quantity. (Several recent articles have attracted over a hundred comments, and four of the top five most commented articles of all time were published in the past month.)
I've been thinking for some time that RTH comments deserve to be treated as "first class" objects on the site, and not just peripheral to posted articles and blog entries. Toward this end, I just updated the site so that each comment now has a canonical URL.
If you look at an existing comment thread, you will notice that each comment now has two links at the bottom: Permalink and Context. The Permalink now links to the comment's canonical URL, whereas the Context now links to the comment's position in the comment thread for the associated article or blog entry.
To see an example, here is a link to my recent comment that included my letter to council. As you can see, the direct comment URL includes a link back to the comment in the context of the original article or blog entry.
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