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Re^4: Automatic Re-ing with numbers
in thread Automatic Re-ing with numbers
Which they shouldn't (when they're not replying to a specific point in a long post, anyway), since we have a perfect archive here. Even if you read a reply to a post 4 year old post written 3 years before you ever first visited the site, the context is still available.
I didn't say it's impossible - but it requires at least one
other fetch, more if you want to go up further in the thread.
And this is slow. It requires more actions, there's a lot of
non-post in a fetch, and it requires you to read the entire
post to understand the followup. It just makes it harder
to follow a thread, not impossible.