1) No, it's not stupid. There are many reasons, why it's done this way.
2) There are other ways to post links in this forum. You may use it if you want
1) I think nwrickert
explained, how it works, very well. It's the best (and precise) way to point to a post, closely related to a thought expressed in main thread.
When you make your point, usually you don't want to refer to a whole thread, but rather to specific content of one particular post. But in case if you do want to post link to a whole thread - there is a simple way to do it too. Get link address from the title of the thread and publish it...
2) As I said before, there are other (and many) ways to links to some posts in thread. It's possible to do what you want and sometimes (very rare, I have to admit) I personally use it. But I found it less useful, as users, instead of looking to my reference (as I wanted them to do), start reading the whole (and sometimes very long) thread, completely loosing focus from my reference...Here is example
of a link to post, made by nwrickert
, containing explanation why the current system is better in most cases. If you click on it, your browser will get whole thread and point to the post within it (exactly, if I understand you correctly, as you wish). How do I do that? You may click on Reply
button to my post, then click on Auto Quote
and see how I did it...
So, if you feel the need to do it, take your time and publish it this way.
Talking about this feature, I'd like to express my quite an opposite wish. I'd like to be able to make a link to just one post, without other follow ups. Quite often I don't need, those who will click on my link in my posts to read the long tail of posts, sometimes unintentionally attached to it by careless posters, who can't distinguish the difference between two buttons: Reply OP
Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...