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D&D General Poll: Should a poster be expected to read (or at least skim) all posts before posting in a thread?

Should a poster be expected to read (or skim) all posts before posting in a thread?

  • Yes

    Votes: 42 25.9%
  • No

    Votes: 120 74.1%

  • Total voters
    162
  • Poll closed .

Stalker0

Legend
A common motiff. You have your 15 page thread, and someone posts "so I skipped the first 15 pages, but here are my thoughts".

I personally consider this extremely arrogant. The person is effectively saying "other people's thoughts are not worthy of my time, but I think my thoughts should consume the time of others". Further, this often leads to duplicative posting, many times the poster writes something that has already been discussed at length in the 15+ pages prior.

On the flip side, as thread lengths get longer, the investment gets greater, and if posters are expected to read the whole thread, than the likelihood of new thoughts into the thread goes down substantially.

So what do you think is the better social convention: Posters should read (or at least skim) the entirety of a thread before posting, or should just post at their leisure?
 

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ardoughter

Hero
Supporter
Yes but they won't and you can't make them. People who skip threads to comment as far less annoying than the two or three people that have side tracked in to an "Angels dancing on pinheads" type argument, where no objective resolution is possible and they fill the thread with 50 pages of increasingly obscure, point by point rebuttals.
 

Bolares

Hero
If someone is upfront about not reading all pages, and open to being corrected/informed about things that were already discussed I see no problem with it. Not everyone has the time to read that much about a topic, that should not be a reason they can't interact with a topic they are interested in.
 





Parmandur

Book-Friend
Yes but they won't and you can't make them. People who skip threads to comment as far less annoying than the two or three people that have side tracked in to an "Angels dancing on pinheads" type argument, where no objective resolution is possible and they fill the thread with 50 pages of increasingly obscure, point by point rebuttals.
The answer to that question is "infinite" because Angels have no material extension.
 

A common motiff. You have your 15 page thread, and someone posts "so I skipped the first 15 pages, but here are my thoughts".

I sometimes do that and usually also include an apology if I am repeating other people, especially if I do not have the time at that moment to read everything. And I never post in a volatile thread until I have read to the end. In those threads, how many times do we see people have to go back and edit or delete their comments because they just could not stand to wait until they have read everything and get burned by a moderator comment?

But in general, people just jumping in and giving the third or fifth or twentieth nearly identical reply to the same non-OP post is just irritating and a pet peeve of mine. While some just do not have the time, some are too lazy, or too self-important, to care if what they have to say has already been said.
 




Parmandur

Book-Friend
Once a thread is past about the 8th page, it’s usually past its expiration date And devolved into bickering. A new voice at least distracts from the current argument, for at least two posts, before the loggerheads go back to what they were squabbling about.
You would say that, wouldn't you? ;P
 


Mort

Legend
I voted yes.

But I also think it's a good idea for posters to be up front (quickly) whether their post relates to the OP. So the first line could be "this is tangential but.." or "sorry for the threadjack..." So posters know that their post is not necessarily related to the OP. Not always an easy thing to do but appreciated.
 


I mean, in a perfect world, sure, everyone is reading every post before replying.

That said, when threads get 5+ pages long and/or some posters are putting up 4+ paragraph walls of text (is that a 4th or 5th level spell?) and/or some posters have gone on or responded to a tangent not really related to the OP (sheepishly raising hand for having contributed to this)… well I don’t think it is a realistic expectation that everyone is reading everything before chiming in.
 

ardoughter

Hero
Supporter
I voted yes.

But I also think it's a good idea for posters to be up front (quickly) whether their post relates to the OP. So the first line could be "this is tangential but.." or "sorry for the threadjack..." So posters know that their post is not necessarily related to the OP. Not always an easy thing to do but appreciated.
Actually a skipped post relating to the op is not too bad, what people should refrain from doing is posting an angry rebuttal to some poor fecker that has been flamed mercilessly for 20 pages, 30 pages ago.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Hypothetically yes, but the practical answer is one because only one angel knows how to dance.
Sed contra, as pure separated Intellects, all Angels have complete and total knowledge of dancing. However, on that point, since they have no material extension, they cannot dance, so an infinite number of angels can not-dance on the head of a pin. So, infinite divided by zero.

Quod Erat Demonstratum, y'all.
 


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