Good morning! You probably noticed that Kinja—our discussion system—looks a little different today. We did this for you; the most common piece of feedback we've gotten about Kinja is that people missed easily seeing the variety of posts that populated the discussion section before a featured thread emerged.
You guys wanted to not have to click as much to see how your friends and fellow readers initially responded to the stories. It was great feedback; this change allows that to happen. We still have our algorithm whirring away in the background sniffing out the best possible discussion, but we've reigned it in a little initially, so you guys can more easily choose who you'd like to engage.
Our tech team wrote a really good post about the changes here. Give that a read to get a handle on the nuts and bolts of it.
If you have any questions about the new system, we'll be hanging out in this post all day to answer them. Let's try to keep the discussion about the discussion here, so the rest of the posts can enjoy a focused, quality conversation.