I was watching an interview with codinghorror about Discourse online. He mentioned a feature that sounded pretty neat that’s not readily obvious.
When you reply to a poster, if you hit the arrow next to the icon on the top left, you get a few options. One is to write that person a private message, another is to simply reply as usual and the third is to split the topic into a new thread - reply as linked topic. When you click on that, it automatically starts the message with a link to the current thread and starts a new one.
I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know if you can copy posts to the new thread or not, but it’s a neat feature because it might give more people impetus to start a new thread when they want to do a sidetrack if they know that most of the work in linking it is already done for them.
If I try it, I’ll update this thread with more info on whether I can copy posts to the new thread.