I’m sure this is happening to all of us: you reply to a topic and someone replies to your reply but you don’t get notified. The reason for this is that people don’t actually reply to your post but press the shiny blue reply button right below it, i.e. the topic reply button.
This happens here on meta and on many other discourse forums. So I’m wondering how the UI could be tweaked here to avoid these mistakes and the first thing that comes to mind is of course to add text to the topic reply button but that is both ugly and unlikely to help because the people making this mistake probably don’t understand the difference between reply-to-post and reply-to-topic in the first place so putting something like “reply to topic” on the button won’t change anything.
So the next idea is perhaps to tone down the topic reply button, to basically make it the same colour as the buttons next to it. Or will people then not find it anymore?