I was reading through a thread with lots of questions and discussion, and realize there are few (none?) ways to identify the OP without scrolling all the way to the top of the thread.
Trying to decide who needs to know what, but cannot visibly see who started the thread when going through it.
Could be helpful if OP could be shown continuously when looking at threads.
This thread for example. I’m reading it, trying to catch up, who asked, who is replying, but can’t see OP when reading the thread. Bit of a cluster. Me, others, just responding to whatever without knowing which one started the thread and has maybe the most vested interest.
A circle with a letter inside it before opening the thread isn’t enough.