There are often cases where comments with a poor score (say, 1 point), invite high-quality replies that receive many upvotes.
These threads are not shown at the top of the story’s comments page because their “root comment” has a low score.
An example, as of 2022-07-22 17:00 UTC, is https://lobste.rs/s/ekvqcf/random_wallpaper_with_just_bash_systemd#c_vop9bt:
Because the root comment has only 1 point, it remains at the bottom of the page, bringing down with itself also the good comment with 12 points and all the other upvoted comments.
Could an alternative ranking system be put in place, where the threads and subthreads are not sorted by the score of their root comment, but by the sum of all the scores of their children?
(Maybe taking into account only children with
>1 point, to avoid giving importance to superficial back-and-forth discussions.)