I actually want to point something out.
The formatting on youtube comments actually looks a bit better than the posts on tumblr:
Even on youtube, the original comment is given prominence and the responses are indented. This format makes sense since it’s the original post the others are responding to. The fact the responses aren’t indented at all in the tumblr posts gives the post a weird structure, as if the reblogs aren’t in response to an original statement and all of the conversation, including the original post, are disparate comments about some invisible topic. Hence why people mocking its resemblance to youtube post as if they are distinct, individual comments, instead of one comment with responses:
It’s also worth noting tumblr could have at least indented the text under the usernames like they used to. This combined with at least indenting all the comments once under the original comment, would have preserved the look of the site better and the sense of an OP being replied to. They also could have forgone the icons, to give it less of a glitchy, cheap look, like this:
Or they could have structured it more like the asks, giving the original post an appearance disparate from the responses:
I honestly don’t know why tumblr wouldn’t put the posts in some sort of colored text box or use indents in someway to format the text or why they needed to include people’s icons. I feel like the graphic design on this is very, very poor.
That said, none of us never complained about this aspect of the site. There are SO many actual issues we have complained about re: this site’s usability and the reblog structure is not one of them, but if they were going to change it, they could have formatted it way better.