As all the TDers will know, I don't TD much anymore (about 2 or 3 in the past 5 months). Now that I tend to be lurking more (I mean commenting more), I thought of a way to improve the site immensely. I've never actually heard of this suggestion, so bear with me if this has already been brought up.
The idea applied to the entire site, not just TD's.
In the "Comments" section of T&R, Blogs and TD's...I find myself leaving comments that I expect responses to. They are either debate starters, insults, insights, etc... and naturally people will quote the comment and reply. Hell, sometimes I just say hi to someone or have a friendly chat. I then find myself going over pages and pages of posts (on busy topics) just to sort through any questions/answers/replies to something I have said or asked.
The entire site should have an option like Facebook does (ughh I actually said Facebook is good for something). You know, how you can fix your settings so that you get an email (or don't get them) when something happens on your page that you want to know about?
I'd like to get an email telling me when someone has quoted my response, posted on my blog or commented on a TD (maybe not that last one though, as it would be a ton).
There should be a "settings" feature or a Control Panel where we can check that option off. Granted, I use this site mostly as a time killer, but it would seriously cut down on my skimming if I could just check the comments/posts that were applicable to my discussion. When I really want to read through 20 pages of fluff and stupidy, I can (or will)... but I should have the option to avoid it!