From one of the Gawker techs commenting over at Ask Nick anything (emphasis mine):

I mean, I'll just say it: I can't even fully comprehend how the comment system works right now and I helped build this platform. It's not a pleasure to read beyond the first level and not easy to follow conversations (and while I'm at it, neither was the old 2-column view). What I would like to see is something like most other commenting systems (like say, reddit): indentation, favoring scrolling instead of clicking for every thread, etc. It seems like we're doing a lot of things differently for the sake of being different at the cost of intuitive usage.

That's...that's pretty candid.