All of the forum software I've seen divides postings and their comments up into pages (where each "page" is quite a few pages on the screen and need scrolling).
I assume there is a good reason for doing this, but forcing the user to click page numbers to go through the posts seems bad UI design when there is a perfectly good scrolling mechanism that's being used anyway. And it makes it harder to search for text within a page as you have to repeat the search on each page. To me it seems easier and better UI design to have one long page than several short ones for this...
I'm working on a forum like section for a site with followup posts and although my first thought was to implement paging, I'm finding it difficult to understand why I'd want to. But the fact that everyone else does it makes me think I'm missing something.
Is it just a subjective preference or are there any good reasons why I should do this? Or evidence that my personal preference is not a good one?