People seem to be adding comments to MetaFilter at a fixed rate rather than proportional to the rate of user accretion.
As one comment has it : I wonder if there's kind of an organic limit where people feel like a thread is 'full enough' and don't bother joining in the conversation...
See also :
- Maybe an example of AbsoluteLinkCarryingCapacity
- ManyToMany comments suggest this : http://gsb.haifa.ac.il/~sheizaf/publications/tells.pdf
- ConversationIsAmazinglyProductive, so why should it be limited?
- Wonder what would happen on TypedThreadedDiscussion? Would the extra organization encourage more comments (because you feel less overwhelmed) or fewer (because it's easier not to repeat what's already said)