Yeah I know thats all I can keep thinking. That now we're those dudes you see in comment threads on news articles and such that clearly know each other from posting so much there...
I honestly think I can get used to it with a couple tweaks, but holy gut fuck this is jarring.
It's something we're testing out. I understand that it typically shows up at the bottom, but as you mention, it can also be at the top as in a comment section. We'll see what others think, you're the first to bring it up.