Inside a topic, is it possible to modify the order of replies so that the replies of the topic owner appear first (followed by the replies of other members) other than by modifying time stamps? If not, would it be possible through a plugin? How many hours / days of work would it take?
Use case: healthcare community currently doing Q&A about clinical cases on Twitter in which a recurring problem is that supplementary info about the case given in replies by the author of the original question is not read, leading to multiple identical requests for the same details, loss of time (to explore the tree of anwsers), diminished pertinence of anwsers and general lack of clarity. Our members are extremely busy and rarely read the whole conversation tree (which is especially difficult on Twitter). On Discourse, the ideal would be to reply to requests for details, copy the answer and then edit the topic to paste the additional details, but, in practice, almost no one will ever do this and the same problem will happen again (thus diminishing the incentive to switch to Discourse).
I wouldn’t want to modify timestamps because being able to analyze conversations chronologically is important, the community itself being a subject of research.