The comment number is based on overall comments on the site is there a way to switch that to the number of comments posted. the first comment on the post being #1 and moving down in order of published comments
I'm sorry, but I don't follow you. Please try to explain in other words using some screenshots.
I'm sorry, but there is no way to change these values. It may confuse the comment mentioning feature. In this case, you'll have more one comment with 1 id. So if someone mentions the 1 comment it'll not be possible to determine which one is selected.