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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    Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Curious if people are more or less likely to read a lengthy post in full, or partially by skimming.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Totally depends on who writes them.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    Depends on how much time I have. Usually I just skim over long posts and sometimes am unable to respond since it takes so long to do so.

    If someone makes more then 2-3 points in one post that I disagree with I usually don't have the time to dedicate to giving the response it deserves if I am working. Unless of course the response doesn't require sources. When I am at home I have no problem dedicating the time to a enlightening debate.

    If someone says "neocon", "libbo", etc more then twice in the first two sentences I usually skip over the post.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    The biggest factor in skipping posts for me are bad/weird formatting. For example, I rarely read Prof's posts, usually don't read posts where people put the post they are quoting in one color and their response in another instead of [quote] tags, wall of text posts (this is distinct from long posts), and obvious copypasta (posts formatted like a website rather than a forum post).

    There are also a few posters who have a tendancy to put out long, uninteresting posts who I usually skip over.

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

    It's all about time and interest factor. I haven't had time to be on DP in a while ( a few days ) and Im posting in a class right now when i should be paying attention.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Totally depends on who writes them.
    My thoughts exactly. Hell, depending on the poster, I skip over short posts, too.

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

    It totally depends on who writes the post, for instance:

    donsutherland1 writes about as much as Truth_Detector in terms of length. Don, however, usually provides informative perspectives on the topic that he discusses. TD? Not nearly enough to be considered informative.

    Also, horrible grammar is usually something that stops me from reading the post. Now when I say horrible grammar, I don't mean like a misplaced comma or misspelled words. Horrible grammar can be writing the way you speak. I hate to name names....but just for example's sake: mikhail. I think he's an okay guy, but I usually skip most of his posts because reading his posts require too much effort to decipher. Another example would be Mikeey.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    I skip over idiots who:


    1. Don't quote properly (I aint fixing thier laziness)

    2. People with different fonts or colors

    3. posts with no formatting.

    4. posts from certain posters. Just not interested in what they have to say.
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    Re: Do you skip over or skim through long posts?

    With me it has more to do with the subject.

    But I do have favorites I look out for.

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

    I agree with what many others have already said. I look first at who wrote it, there are some people who, through experience, I don't care what they have to say. Then I look at the subject matter and decide if I'm interested. Then I'll read a sentence or two to see what, exactly, they're saying. If it's filled with bad spelling, grammar and 'leet speak, I skip it.

    I will be honest though, there are lots of long posters who just ramble on about nothing, I give up about half-way through because I've already gotten their points, I don't want to read them over and over again.
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