noticing a major ommission from the code won't hurt.
order by id? I just refreshed a comment page a few times, and they were in order every time. Thanks, Distind.
*COUGH* Of course not, I'm a professional, I coudn't possibly have excluded the basic order clause because I assmumed the underlying query's structure would result in it.... who am I kidding, I probably just completely forgot to tack it on when I updated it to the better paging method.