View Poll Results: Do you fully read, skim or skip lengthy posts?

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Thread: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    As others have said, it depends on who is writing it and how it is written. Some people write very well, but I have always found their substance lacking, despite their grammatical skills. There are an elite few that can really grasp and emulate great substance, with few words.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Some people are an always read. Most people are just skimmed or skipped completely. 1069, jallman, Hatuey, NCFY, Crippler, Rev and a few others are worth reading most of the time. Maximus Zeebra is worth reading because he's insane. Most others just get a glance from me.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Curious if people are more or less likely to read a lengthy post in full, or partially by skimming.
    IF its too long I'll skip it.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    I usually skip them, or briefly skim. There are occasional ones worth reading.

    I come here for light entertainment on my days off work, at home, in between doing household tasks. I've never enjoyed reading long pontifications by online pundits.

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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    1. Yes

    2. At times

    3. Certain long posts

    4. Almost without question

    5. Must be skipped

    6. For fear of a great headache

    7. That will assult your head

    8. As you try to read

    9. Through the entire thing

    10. Only

    11. to

    12. want

    13. to

    14. slam

    15. your head

    16. against a ****ing wall

    17. because it takes 3 hours

    18. to make a point

    19. that is absolutely

    20. retarded

    However if its a long post by someone whose routinely proven to make substantive and interesting points and are willing to have an actual conversation rather than just a one sided attempt to speak talking points, insults, and rants then I'll tend to read it.

    Those inbetween the ones that make me want to put my head through a wall and those I love to read I generally will skim, see if it appears interesting, and if it does read the whole thing.

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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    1. Yes

    2. At times

    3. Certain long posts

    4. Almost without question

    5. Must be skipped

    6. For fear of a great headache

    7. That will assult your head

    8. As you try to read

    9. Through the entire thing

    10. Only

    11. to

    12. want

    13. to

    14. slam

    15. your head

    16. against a ****ing wall

    17. because it takes 3 hours

    18. to make a point

    19. that is absolutely

    20. retarded

    However if its a long post by someone whose routinely proven to make substantive and interesting points and are willing to have an actual conversation rather than just a one sided attempt to speak talking points, insults, and rants then I'll tend to read it.

    Those inbetween the ones that make me want to put my head through a wall and those I love to read I generally will skim, see if it appears interesting, and if it does read the whole thing.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    1. I have learned

    2. to get past the numbered list

    3. because there's some good stuff

    4. in there!

    In the end, I find the numbered list
    much easier to read than
    unnecessarily chopped up multi-quote posts.
    At least the numbered list flows uninterrupted
    by another poster's words.
    Some interesting posters use this method,
    but I skip them more often than I read them,
    because of the disjointed flow.

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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Curious if people are more or less likely to read a lengthy post in full, or partially by skimming.
    For me it depends on who writes them and if they know how to format a paragraph.

    If their response is in the quote box of my post, at best I'll ask them to fix it. IMO doing that is rude because it makes quoting their response more time consuming.
    Last edited by Jerry; 11-04-09 at 10:38 AM.

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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    There is often an inverse relationship between the quality of a person's insights and the generosity with which they share them.

    Heck, with one particular poster, just the self-agrandizement, alone, usually takes at least two paragraphs.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Depends, if it is someone like Elena, then I don't even bother reading them.

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