Interesting. I think my motives mostly lie in selfishness. There's something I want to find out and it is important enough to me at that particular moment to create a thread. I don't think about any specific merits of contribution. If somebody else finds some kind of use in it, it's a bonus, but it doesn't directly affect me.
Well, that's pretty much my motive in starting threads as well -- seeking feedback. I'm just a lot less inclined to do so with "Fluffy topics". I think for me I put more emphasis on originality(Is this something that has been started before? Would this be something that others could be interested in participating in?) and what I believe to be quality(Could this thread possibly give way to fruitful discourse?) when I make threads.
I had the same questions a few weeks back. I wondered if initiators would be more likely to start threads. I wondered if ENFP's would be more likely to start threads because it is said that the ENFP is passionate about their own ideas and projects, not wanting to hang on the coat tails of others.
Reasons that I've started threads are ultimately that I have a question, or want to see a certain idea expanded on by others. THings I haven't thought of will be added. My own ideas challenged. I realize that my question probably has been mulled over before, but its easier to to just post it again instead of searching back through 3 yrs of threads. Is there an obligation to keep ideas organized, not waste forum space, etc? I don't know about that.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun - Watts
for me, I haven't done too much thread starting since I am still new here. Also, I have loads of ideas but I don't want to overwhelm this forum with too much awesome. I will, instead, dole out the awesome one tidbit at a time.