It's a great idea (I'm a serial abuser of parentheses [I pretty much use them in preference to rearranging a sentence so it can use commas or semicolons; not ideal, but it's how I think], it's really bad sometimes), which given a little work could be incredibly neat and useful1.
_________________________ 1. I love footnotes in books; still getting used to the idea of them on webpages.
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I love footnotes in books; still getting used to the idea of them on webpages.
This book on narrative theory I have acquires more footnotes with every edition. Some of them stretch over the bottom halves of several pages. It is fucking terrible and disruptive. Especially when there's relevant content in the footnotes.1
I once had to do a review of a book that was thick as hell. I thought I wouldn't finish it in time but, to my joy, it was stuffed with footnotes that covered a 50% of the page (in some extreme cases, and they weren't uncommon, the footnotes covered 4/5 parts of the page). Most of the information in the footnotes wasn't really important, so I diagonal-read it.