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Old 09-26-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm just wondering about something when I see threads here (particularly when it involves a divisive issue that people feel highly passionate about) containing hundreds (and in a few cases even thousands) of posts.

Who reads through all 50+ pages of posts before posting something themselves?

When you have so many posts and come into the discussion fairly late, do you feel an obligation to make sure you aren't repeating/duplicating a point someone else has said much further back in the discussion. When there are just a few posts (or even just a few pages), it's more manageable to do, but when it's post #834?? I'm just wondering how people who want to actively participate here deal with this situation since most of us have other responsibilities we need to take care of other than just reading posts during our waking hours?

I'm curious and think that I can't be the first one who has wondered about this?

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I read to catch up if it's really interesting.

Most folks just qualify their reply with a statement that they have not read the entire thread and apologize for duplicating a prior comment.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:16 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Most folks just qualify their reply with a statement that they have not read the entire thread and apologize for duplicating a prior comment.
That's a good idea.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I read a few pages only.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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I read to catch up if it's really interesting.

Most folks just qualify their reply with a statement that they have not read the entire thread and apologize for duplicating a prior comment.

Ditto
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Portland
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I just post to whatever the last post I happen to have read and not worry about what may have been posted prior. Most of us posting here are old and can't remember what the hell we posted yesterday, never mind last week.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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No, except the thread is VERY interesting (but still, not if there are more than 10-12 pages), or in a forum I moderate.

If I am so late that the thread has already 20+ pages - I just don't go there
Usually, I will read OP and next 2-3 pages, and then the last two pages or so.
I also don't really care about those very long OP's (especially in Relationship ).
Some tell the whole life story in details, without making any point. I do tend to skip those.
Very long jokes are also a killer.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I pretty much do what elnina does and usually by then there's been either diversion onto other subjects or an argument between two stubborn posters, especially as it gets late into the night.
Skipping to the last page or two often finds daytime posters and a return to the 0p.
If still interesting, you look less foolish by admitting you haven't read them all.
It's obvious some people don't even read a 6 post thread and repeat what's already been said before.....which is fine if somebody is looking for consensus of opinion.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Sometimes.
Sometimes I merely post an answer and move on.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:52 AM
 
Location: central Oregon
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If the thread is about a subject I enjoy then I will sit here and read the whole thread - even if it takes me hours. Been there.

Usually I read the first page, maybe a couple more... then skip to the last page.

I might post, and then I might not. Depends on my mood.
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