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I want to be able to reply to comments and answers directly, instead of having to comment again.

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You already can once you have sufficient rep. Then you can leave comments and @reply. 50 is the limit I think. You currently have 34, so just a little bit more to go. – Bart Aug 21 '12 at 6:44
How do you want to reply without a comment? chat? – juergen d Aug 21 '12 at 6:47
You can always post comments on your own questions or answers to your own questions regardless of your reputation. Why do you want to reply to comments on other people's posts? – ChrisF Aug 21 '12 at 7:56
You mean you want a way to directly contact some user? – Shadow Wizard Aug 21 '12 at 10:15

You use comments to reply to answers... as well as other comments. That's basically how comments work already. I'm not sure what you're getting at otherwise.

If you're talking about threaded comments, no, that's just going to overcomplicate things.

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Threads always complicate things. – Tim Post Aug 21 '12 at 10:36
see here if someone has already answered under your answer then I have to do @BoltClock's a Unicorn. I should just be able to click reply and it adds that for me. – Ikechi Anyanwu Aug 21 '12 at 14:23

Stack Overflow is not a forum. Our job is to ask questions and provide answers to those questions. That's why comments are small, compact, and ignorable, while questions and answers are big and important. You should avoid attempting to have a long discussion with people. If you're not asking a question, asking for clarification on a question, answering a question, or trying to improve an answer to a question, then your commentary is not needed.

You can effectively reply to a comment using @ notation, where you say @<person-name>, where <person-name> is the ID of the person you are talking to. And to "reply" to an answer, you comment on it.

Both of these require having commenting privileges. If you don't have that, then go earn some rep.

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