Danielle, respectfully, I have an opposing opinion on this. I really like the way it adds a notification of each response *after* the first page, and I wish there was an option to extend that to the current first page too. In effect, each response hides the last response, and at any point in time, only the very last comment or answer is linked. This is especially a problem with multi-page threads, with ongoing discussions within a thread happening on different pages. Right now, you have a link to the most current comment, but then have to review the entire thread, every page, to see if there were any other responses.
If someone adds a very interesting and informative comment near the end, but immediately afterward someone else adds a "me too" near the beginning, you only have a link to the "me too", and cannot know about the good comment elsewhere unless you go back through the entire thread one more time.
Perhaps options could be added to support both of our wishes?