10 Feb 2006

Handling 10+ Page Forum Threads.

Long Forum Threads, oh my!

We’ve all seen those 10, 20, 30 + pages forum threads in our favorite forums.  What do you USUALLY do when presented with a 10+ page forum thread (yes, there’s always exceptions).

    1. Read the whole thing end to end?
    2. Read the first 1-2 pages and skip the rest?
    3. Skim, Just look for users you know comments?
    4. Skim, Look for people with lots of previous comments?
    5. Other?

    Another question:
    If you could only read 1 forum, which would you read?
    (my poll for that one got skewed so I’m asking you again here).

Comments

  1. Chris Boggs February 10, 2006 at 11:50 AM

    I like to read the whole thing, if I haven’t been keeping up with it. Sometimes is fun “catching up” by responding to about 6 different posts at once.

    My choice for only one forum would be SEW.

  2. webprofessor February 10, 2006 at 11:53 AM

    I just read the first few posts and the last few posts.

    Usually if there was anything interesting in between someone will mention it.

  3. Gilad February 10, 2006 at 12:03 PM

    I’ll usually wait for an abstract at SEroundtable or TW (it’s their mission to watch these threads, isn’t it :-) ) ,
    If this isn’t coming – I’ll skip between posts.

  4. Peter T Davis February 10, 2006 at 12:17 PM

    99% of the time I’ll pass the thread entirely. I’ve been around too long to get sucked into that stuff (mostly).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

  5. graywolf February 10, 2006 at 2:42 PM

    Yep I wait for some to summarize or skip it entirely, usually it’s just not worth the time investment.

  6. feed my brain » February 10, 2006 at 3:40 PM

    [...] Long Threads and Top Forums – I tend to read the first few pages, then scan for highlights; and if I had to pick only one forum – WMW. Google Copies Your Hard Drive – the privacy issue is really beginning to heat up (again). [...]

  7. kid disco February 10, 2006 at 9:46 PM

    It depends on what the topic is, but I will USUALLY read the first post and then do a fast-read/slow-skim until something pops out at me.

    Of course Mr. Boggs would say SEW… LOL… I concur :)

  8. Christoph Cemper February 14, 2006 at 6:43 PM

    Hey I hate those “DID PR Update-Threads”…

    I just scan the first few posts, then wait for the whole crap to be indexed by Yahoo and then if interested again to a

    site:www.jimboykin.com search my keyword

    on Yahoo :-)

    cheers, christoph

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