Sometimes I want to refer to a question, all of its answers, and the comments on everything, collectively.
I've read through a entire thread that contained many answers. It also had dozens of comments on both questions and answers.
Or, to give an example of where it might be useful:
Did the [insert noun here] contain any references to X?
Is thread the right word to use? It's obviously the correct word on forums, but is it the right word on Q&A sites?
Wiktionary defines thread in this sense as:
(Internet) - A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, in which all messages except the first are replies to previous messages in the thread.
Is this the correct word to use for this? Reasons I'm unsure:
- I can't recall this word ever being used like this on SE. I'm sure it happens, but I haven't personally seen it and I don't believe it's widespread. I'm not sure about other Q&A sites.
- I associate the word "thread" with forums, where there's a continuous, chronological conversation going on, thus thread. Q&A is quite different, as chronology is much less relevant, and it's not really a conversation in that sense. Q&A sites like SE are more about providing helpful information (and deleting or hiding useless information) than to have a continuous thread of conversation.
Is thread a fair word to use, or are there better alternatives?
I'm aware I could just say question, but that's ambiguous, as it's unclear whether I'm referring to just the question or the rest as well. In my perception, the same thing applies to the word post.
And saying "the question, its answers and the comments on both" is not very elegant.
Looking at SE isolatedly, I also asked it at Meta SE.