I now auto-collapse the posts and load more on the page. Click on the grey info bar to expand a post and see it fully formatted. Clicking on the topic title opens the topic in it's own page.
You can still Quick Reply, but you can also now post fully formatted replies on the view-topic page.
I think I like this. You can scan the list of topics like you do in regular forums, but you can still quickly view the full post in-line without loading a new page. I also try to give hints about what the topic is about by showing if it has an IMaGe or VIDeo. Post formatting/images are now more visible too.