I suppose that comments are better presented in chronological order. This is unlike solutions to questions, which are best sorted by relevance (solved state + number of upvotes).
Absolutely. Comments often evolve as kind of threads, sorting them by some hidden relevance most times doesn’t make sense. (unless a comment should had been a real answer or users can individually switch order).
Full ACK to sort in chronological order.
When more than two people are involved in a comment thread they can get out of question/reply order but with multiple comments there is often no actual solution.
Everybody is used to chronological order on previous site and on social media.
Pretty sure there is a bug here. The upstream fix for the issue we stumbled upon last autumn appears to be incomplete: My ruby-fu is pretty-much non-existent, but AFAICT Discourse has a threaded view internally (where quoted posts are treated as replies, for instance) while the upstream code ignores nested comments:
That’s why the direct replies (either to the question itself, or to an answer) are properly ordered by creation time, while quoted replies etc. appear to be out of order.
I’ll see what I can do.
Monkey-patched a fix and reordered all topics last updated August 1 (imported topics don’t have nested comments). Let’s see if that sticks.