A count of all posts whose titles get displayed when you click on a parent title, whether or not they're direct replies to it or replies to a reply, should be shown in addition to the "x replies" count. The number of direct replies are only useful to the extent that they indicate the number of total replies, but I don't mind if they're kept. The total number could be called something like Total sub-posts
(or nodes), or Total posts below
, or rename replies
to Direct replies
, and add a Total replies
Also, the number of replies should be shown where ever a title is shown, including Newest Nodes and the page you get when you click a node title or navigate to a node in some other way.