Folks, it has come to my attention today that we are rapidly nearing the 200 comment mark on the latest Narnia post. (It only took a GRRM discussion and me posting at least 10% of those comments to get there, too!)
I couldn't help but notice that Disqus is appending a little "Load More Comments" at the bottom of the screen now.
And now I'm torn. I like having all the comments on the same page because it's SO much easier to search the content that way. But on the other hand, I'm guessing that the 150+ comment threads probably don't load super fast for everyone and might not be what everyone else wants.
What are the thoughts on the board towards paginating the threads? If I did implement pagination, it'd be a large number of posts per page -- probably 50 posts or more.
Obvious drawbacks are that searching comments becomes harder and since there's no way to adjust the "current comments" widget to take you to the last page in a thread, you'll always end up on page 1 with the sidebar widget. Obscure possible drawbacks is that Disqus may take longer to load 4 smaller pages of comments than to just load the 1 big page and let you have at it.
Talk it out in the comments if you have an opinion. If everyone is pretty equally divided, I'll probably just leave things as they are -- I've learned not to muck with things if they're not broken.