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    Default Do you read every post in a thread, or just respond to the OP?

    I'm interested to learn about everyone's posting habits - mostly, I read (or at least skim) all of the responses in a thread. (I skim if there are already 60+ replies for example, to at least get the gist of the back & forth.)

    Does that change depending on the topic? Do you subscribe to every thread you have replied in? Do you go back to threads after a period of time? Or do you land like a butterfly in many threads, add a thought and move on?

    Just curious; I think I only cover a very limited ground in the forum at best - I started using the Live New Posts button only recently to see where the action is going on.

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    It depends how long the thread is. More than a couple of pages and I just pick out bits that strike me as interesting on go with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    It depends how long the thread is. More than a couple of pages and I just pick out bits that strike me as interesting on go with them.
    That, verbatim what I was going to type.

    I skim fast, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    Does that change depending on the topic?
    If it's something I feel strongly about or know something about.

    Do you subscribe to every thread you have replied in?
    I do not use the subscription service.

    Do you go back to threads after a period of time?
    Occasionally.

    Or do you land like a butterfly in many threads, add a thought and move on?
    It depends on the thread and its interest level to me.

    Just curious; I think I only cover a very limited ground in the forum at best - I started using the Live New Posts button only recently to see where the action is going on.
    I don't use anything but the New Posts feature, plus any posts that members report.
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    ^^ That mostly

    Sometimes I make a point to not go back to certain threads if they don't seem constructive or something. I'm not good at checking back regularly and responding to posts consistently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    I'm interested to learn about everyone's posting habits - mostly, I read (or at least skim) all of the responses in a thread. (I skim if there are already 60+ replies for example, to at least get the gist of the back & forth.)
    If there is a lot I skim. I stop and read the posts that interest me.

    Does that change depending on the topic?
    Yes, sometimes I'll respond just to the OP or a post in the thread. Depends.

    Do you subscribe to every thread you have replied in?
    No, I just subscribe to blogs and the threads I started. Too many threads in the user cp annoys me.

    Do you go back to threads after a period of time?
    I often do.

    Or do you land like a butterfly in many threads, add a thought and move on?
    Sometimes.

    Just curious; I think I only cover a very limited ground in the forum at best - I started using the Live New Posts button only recently to see where the action is going on.
    I usually use the subscribed threads first, then new posts, then live if I feel like it.

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    I usually read all the responses in a thread and go through most of the threads that have new posts. If it's a very popular thread that has grown by dozens of posts over night, I might start skimming. But if it has a very interesting topic and responses, then I'll read them all, regardless of how big the thread is.

    Sometimes I only read the OP and then post my response without reading other posts because it's on a topic I don't really want the other responses to influence me. After posting my thoughts and opinion, I will read through the other responses as well.

    I only subscribe to threads that have a topic that interests me and that I find useful so that I can refer back to it in the future. It's good to know that I have all of these in one place.

    I don't use the Live New Posts option, I just click on New Posts whenever I feel like and pick whatever thread interests me there at that particular time. If I have time, I might go through all of them.

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    Usually read the short posts, or posts with a lot

    of

    these

    breaks

    so

    reading

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    seems

    doable

    if you pack like 10 paragraphs together no one without an attention span of steel is going to want to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    I'm interested to learn about everyone's posting habits - mostly, I read (or at least skim) all of the responses in a thread. (I skim if there are already 60+ replies for example, to at least get the gist of the back & forth.)

    Does that change depending on the topic? Do you subscribe to every thread you have replied in? Do you go back to threads after a period of time? Or do you land like a butterfly in many threads, add a thought and move on?

    Just curious; I think I only cover a very limited ground in the forum at best - I started using the Live New Posts button only recently to see where the action is going on.
    Depends on the subject. Sometimes it doesn't overly interest me but if the topic is still about subjective views, which most are, I sometimes respond to the op's post not taking in regard the rest of the thread, because I'm just giving my own opinion. Wether someone has already given it or not is irrelevant, it'll be my opinion and the OP may use it as he/she wishes.

    When I skim topics, I'm looking for some post I might want to respond too, if it wasn't posted too long ago.

    Topics that interest me or I can relate to I read through thoroughly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    I'm interested to learn about everyone's posting habits - mostly, I read (or at least skim) all of the responses in a thread. (I skim if there are already 60+ replies for example, to at least get the gist of the back & forth.)

    Does that change depending on the topic? Do you subscribe to every thread you have replied in? Do you go back to threads after a period of time? Or do you land like a butterfly in many threads, add a thought and move on?

    Just curious; I think I only cover a very limited ground in the forum at best - I started using the Live New Posts button only recently to see where the action is going on.
    My attention span is a little.. well, -

    Well anyway, lets just say we're lucky if I make it through the OP. Sometimes I quote it so I can refer back to it as I type. Like, "wait, need more information" then skim to parts where I need to read further. So, as follows, generally I don't read them. Sometimes I respond first, then read them, and then do a billion edits or delete my post all together. Sometimes I skim through and find a post that looks interesting, and then read the quoted post that was in response to, jump to that, then jump to the one that that was in response to and so forth. Its a very assbackwards way of looking at things but my poor brain can't help it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    My attention span is a little.. well, -

    Well anyway, lets just say we're lucky if I make it through the OP. Sometimes I quote it so I can refer back to it as I type. Like, "wait, need more information" then skim to parts where I need to read further. So, as follows, generally I don't read them. Sometimes I respond first, then read them, and then do a billion edits or delete my post all together. Sometimes I skim through and find a post that looks interesting, and then read the quoted post that was in response to, jump to that, then jump to the one that that was in response to and so forth. Its a very assbackwards way of looking at things but my poor brain can't help it.
    Sometimes in a long thread I use multi quote and then delete the quotes. Even short threads I'll sometimes do that.

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