The more replies a topic has...



  • So I don't know if this is me just reading "into it" but often the longer or more replies a topic has, it seems that the replies them selves actually become longer and more painful to read.

    Has anyone else ever noticed that? You read the first few replies, or even the 1st page or two and then it just seems to turn into giant walls of text as the thread goes on.

    Often people are just repeating what others have said, with verbal diarrhea as it goes on.

    Do you find your self less and less interested as a topic goes on because of this, even if the OP has an interesting topic?



  • It depends on the topic. My brain has tuned itself to skip long blurbs -- especially if it looks like the same blurb I read three pages ago, lol.


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    I have not noticed this.


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    No.



  • Just because a few of us are inclined to reply in responses closer to short stories than forum posts... (in old geezer voice) Why I tell ya, these young whipersnappers don't know what's good for em."


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    There is a certain amount of "answer quickly" and then "explain later if there needs to be more."

    So as a thread goes on it turns from "answer a question" into "explain the answer" in many cases. And if there is additional conversation or confusion in the thread the longer it goes the more likely that people are trying to explain something rather than answer something.



  • I find that unless I start into a post within an hour or two of it beginning I often can't (or don't care enough) to read through the monster walls of text y'all are capable of generating on any god damn topic you'd care to name lol



  • @MattSpeller said:

    I find that unless I start into a post within an hour or two of it beginning I often can't (or don't care enough) to read through the monster walls of text y'all are capable of generating on any god damn topic you'd care to name lol

    Thanks ;)



  • @MattSpeller exactly. If I was away from my desk when a thread was started, I'll never be able to catch up.



  • I tl;dr some threads.
    Some are read OP, read last page of comments... are they on a similar track?
    Yes, then commenting is possible
    No, then ctrl + F4



  • @MattSpeller said:

    monster walls of text y'all are capable of generating on any god damn topic you'd care to name lol

    I've been told I'm to old to change my ways now, and I ramble a lot.



  • @nadnerB said:

    I tl;dr some threads.
    Some are read OP, read last page of comments... are they on a similar track?
    Yes, then commenting is possible
    No, then ctrl + F4

    Wizard :P



  • Sorry was going to reply but got board reading the posts :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:



  • Usually, this can be easily explained. If a topic is a request for help, then the early posts are trying to pinpoint what's wrong. Then, the longer it takes to narrow down the issue, the more specific the questions get and the more complex the proposed solutions.


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    @ardeyn said:

    Usually, this can be easily explained. If a topic is a request for help, then the early posts are trying to pinpoint what's wrong. Then, the longer it takes to narrow down the issue, the more specific the questions get and the more complex the proposed solutions.

    Basically it indicates a shift from the OP explaining what was posted to the non-OPs explaining what is needed.


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