@hamburglar incorrect. The blockquote in your post ties your reply to the post it quoted. Try expanding the replies to that post and you’ll see. One post can reply to dozens or even hundreds of previous posts, provided you blockquote them all…
(In general, blockquotes are a better, clearer, more flexible way of tying conversations together on a flat forum than reliance on single reply metadata. So if you want to have a policy, make it “blockquote all the things”. Remember the first toolbar button pulls in the full body of the reply in a quote if that’s what you want.)
As for in-reply-to suppression on immediate replies, we tried this both ways and it is very noisy when you don’t suppress the indicator in the following conditions:
- when there is exactly 1 reply
- when that reply is directly under the post it is replying to
Locality means a lot in conversations, and when one person stops talking and another starts talking, the vast, vast, vast majority of the time they are responding to what was just said.
This is now a site setting, so if you want reply indicator to show up in all cases, flip it on for your Discourse instance. Problem solved.