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Apr 11, 2012 10:38 AM

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.