@Mtt As a followup to this, I did take certain queues (and set certain goals) based on @vincent's implementation. He had to go about it in a different (more advanced) way because he hosts his own blog, but his is the best I've seen to date.
@bix Yeah, I'm sure I'll go through countless revisions until I settle. It's easy to upsize the avatars, but I always have to refresh myself on vertically aligning/centering text when I run into that issue (will have to do that with username if avatar is enlarged). So I haven't done that yet.
@Mtt wait you’ve done exactly what I wanted to do but when I implemented replies I just got a new page of my replies to stuff with no context - time to re look.
@Mtt Thankyou ... yes through other comments in this found his post ... will investigate
@Mtt A (very) late thank you for showing me the way forward on taming the styling on replies. Now all I have to do is update my styles to not be a total copy of yours. 😅