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Is it possible to place usernames on the left side of the comments? That way it would feel like a conversation.

Furthermore, you wouldn't have to skip to the end of the comment to see who's speaking. It feels a bit unnatural to scan at the end of a comment to verify who's asking and who's answering.

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I responded to a similar request at Authors should be identified at top of post, which proposed the same change for questions and answers. That post, the question, and the comments gives additional reasoning for and against the proposal.

To summarize, on Stack Exchange, the content is more important than the creator. This is true both in comments and in questions/answers.

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Comments shouldn't be used for discussions (it is a bit different on meta tho).

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What distinguishes a discussion (inappropriate use of comment) from a real comment? – Cade Roux Apr 7 '11 at 19:50

One problem I can see with making comments look more like an instant message stream is that people will treat it like one, and I don't think that's really what we want.

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