@diodesign - Re: Oh look...
"It's an experiment to see what happens if we punt comments directly into the forums."
And it appears to have comprehensively failed.
All it does is put barriers in the way of anyone who wants to comment on one of Lewis' pieces because instead of just clicking "comment", you've got to go to the forums, find if there is a thread already and, if there isn't, *then* start one.
It's a well known fact of web design that if you want people to access your content, you *don't* force them to drill down levels to find it, because most people will not bother.
Why do you think it's different for El Reg?