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.