Must we actively push the devolution? Is the shift button that hard to find? More inside.
From a usability standpoint, this kind of thread seems counter-intuitive. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This thread, on the other hand, allows me to mentally parse consecutive words with different links, thanks to that magical grammatical feature known as "commas."
Grammatical plea: any chance of changing "There HAS been X links and Y comments since your last visit" to "There HAVE been..." on the main page? The phrase is correctly plural on MetaTalk and pluralism rules all over Metafilter anyway.