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Just curious -- am I the only one who generally skips over the threads with a bazillion replies?

I'm probably missing a lot by doing so, but that is my tendency. What about you?

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  1. I'll reply since there are no replies yet... Yeah, I tend to avoid those massive threads, it's too much work to sift through hundreds of posts.

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    1. re: absurdnerdbird

      No, you're not the only one. If a thread has 100+ posts, I glide by without taking a look. Only time I'll take a look is if I raised a question & am interested in the answers.

    2. The trick is to start reading them early so each time you go back there are only a few new ones to read. For those I never started reading but now look interesting, I read a dozen at a time until I've caught up.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Only when I'm using my dial up computer in Maine b/c it takes sooooooooooo long to download. :/

      2. I don't bother if it has more than 50 replies. All that can be said has been said. The rest of the statements pretty much start out with "I haven't read all the responses, and maybe it has been said, but..."

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          1. re: Njchicaa

            Yeap, likely to be an OLD post, with 10-15 good comments then 2137 additional comments all the same since those folks never read anything but the OP.

          2. re: Cathy

            My feelings as well. I also think its paramount to read all responses before adding my 2c. If someone voiced an identical opinion/suggestion/direction/recipe as me, I generelly won't post.

            1. No, unless I started early on it, although coming back and viewing interspersed comments can be challenging since there's no easy way to unscroll a single subthread.

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              1. re: sr44

                Yes, that's definitely a deterrent to me too.

                1. re: sr44

                  "...although coming back and viewing interspersed comments can be challenging since there's no easy way to unscroll a single subthread."

                  If you click on the name in the upper right quadrant of the message box it will take you directly to the person and message the reply was to...and so on and so on, until you have run the entire subthead to ground.

                  I also will sometimes jump into the midst of a long thread in order to reply to someone's specific comment that catches my attention for some reason.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Oh boy, do I feel dumb. I have done that before and it would take me to that person's profile with a list of their postings. Didn't occur to me to use it as a shortcut to that particular posting. I saw "profile" and felt like I was somewhere I wasn't supposed to be. lol. Thank you! I will do this from now on.

                2. 60-70 postings and I'm probably not going to be reading it any more unless it is something I'm really interested in. And yes, it can be frustrating to put in my 2 cents worth to see that it was already said in a subthread further down but actually written before i said something on an upstream subthread. Such is life. Go back, edit and acknowledge the person who first said it or just figure - oh well....

                  1. Very seldom will I click on a post once it gets near 100 responses. Most of it is just redundant. Even threads I followed when new become difficult having to click on individual past comments to understand what the newest post is referring to.

                    The exceptions are the ongoing dialogues in home cooking such as "what's for dinner" and "what's your newest cookbook purchase". Occasionally the "get to know you" threads are revived about your avatar or CH name which are fun to read.

                    1. I agree with escondido. Start early, stick with it longer. Come in late, either skip it or answer at the end regardless of previous answers upthread.

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                      1. re: sueatmo

                        Is this thread getting too long?

                        1. re: PHREDDY

                          lol. I'd say it's on its way out.

                      2. There are some over 100 reply gems out there. I really enjoy the "weird food-related dates" thread. I wish that one keeps growing with more hilarious anecdotes!

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                        1. re: seamunky

                          Once the replies get to about 20 I tend to skip over them, kind of dopey because sometimes there are some real gems out there....but sifting through 278 to find them? Nope.....

                        2. Wouldn't it be nice if they would break long threads up into separate pages so you wouldn't have to scroll so far...And then had all new posts go to the bottom of the last page, even if you are quoting someone mid thread? That is how it is done almost everywhere else but Chow.

                          Of course, if long threads are the only thing in the world I have to complain about then life must be pretty good, huh?

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                          1. re: Clarkafella

                            Yes and yes!! I like your outlook. :-)

                            1. re: MrsJonesey

                              +1 for that. I enjoy reading posts here, but waiting for a giant thread to load is a pain, even on high speed net.

                              Having the posts all mixed up and not in date order is goofy. So I stick with the short threads.

                              1. re: sparrowgrass

                                "Having the posts all mixed up and not in date order is goofy. So I stick with the short threads."

                                Of course the posts are all in order. Sub threads may "look" like they are out of date order, but they follow the same pattern. Oldest posts at the top of the thread (or sub thread) and newest at the bottom, making sure that the progression of the discussion can be understood as the conversation proceeds logically from first (oldest) to last (newest) comment.

                          2. Depends entirely on the subject line of the thread. If it's a topic such as the one about whether you can walk to a supermarket, after a while I normally let it slide on down my conversation list. But I did that once, then opened the post months (maybe years?) later and one of the new posts since my last long-gone reading was a direct question to me. Ouch! So now I usually open long enough to see whether any of the new replies are to me. But maybe not if the CBS server is really busy, because even though I have download speeds that vary between 25 and 50mbs, threads over 1,000 can be slow. On dial-up they must take dddaaaaaaaayyyyssss!

                            1. I use the slide bar on the right of the screen to "scroll" down a really long list fast. Or my mouse's fast scroll thingie. Even when things are speeding by too fast to read, if you've opened the thread before all that were open before will be closed, making the new ones easier to see at super sonic scroll speeds. If it's a very long very old thread I've never opened before, if it's interesting, then I just keep that browser page open and take a couple of days to read it and open a new Chow page to read other threads in a separate browser tab.

                              However, with all of the current glitches going on, I highly suspect that the CBS/Chow/Chowhound techies are fooling around with things -- maybe adding another server? Fine tuning a new software version? Whatever? -- and things will probably return to normal in the not too distant future. I suspect. '-)

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                              1. re: Caroline1

                                Your top paragraph sounds like my system. Since I live where there is limited posting and have not lived recently enough in other areas to be a wealth of knowledge and take one vacation a year, I am mostly on the generic boards which tend to have longer thread in general. I will shy away from lengthy what are you making threads.