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Does thread count matter to you??......(no I'm not talking sheets)

I've come to notice I'm a bit of a thread count snob. If there is a topic I find interesting and it already has 100+ replies I'm less likely to open it and read/contribute. It seems I assume once you are over 100+ posts most things that need to be said have already been said, or I'm just too lazy to read a thread that long.

Not that I don't ever jump into a well established thread, I've just noticed it seems I'm less likely. I enjoy being part of the discussion more from the beginning than jumping in late.

So how about you? Does thread count affect your responding to a thread?

Oh and regarding sheet's, I'm definitely a high thread count kind of guy.

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  1. Definitely. Unless the topic is very compelling or unique I am with you in thinking that if the question at hand has a 50+ posts chances are my opinion really isn't needed/warranted.

    In terms of reading long threads, again if the topic is compelling I might open/skim to get a sense of the replies. If it's great I might read the whole thing.

    The only real exception I can think of is the WFD threads. I try to read even the ones I have missed or not contributed to because I get so many great ideas from the folks over there! As the main cook and bottle washer in the family it's great to have a place to turn for new dishes and inspiration.

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    1. re: foodieX2

      I could have written this. Exactly the same.

      Also, with the iPad page jumping issue, it seems to be much more jumpy on longer threads, which is another deterrent. On those longer threads, I might wait a day to read the comments in bulk, instead of looking right away.

      1. re: foodieX2

        Same here only my threshold is about 100+ posts. Except for WFD: I know that one will end at about 400 posts and they are all of interest to me.

        1. re: foodieX2

          I also find that if something has 50 replies when I see it the first time, I'll almost never open it. And while there's loads of good info on WFD, I just can't tolerate 300+ in a few days time.

          1. re: foodieX2

            I skim WFD for the content but sometimes the "that's sounds good" and "sorry for your loss" x 10 is too much. One person to say sorry and the rest to recommend is so much more user friendly for me. I like the friendliness but time is precious and I don't want to open something that looks new which is more pleasantries than content.

            1. re: melpy

              melpy, I remind myself that WFD wasn't something that the mods even wanted back when it started. It was chatty, yes, but also not necessarily about (real) cooking or even ANY cooking. For instance, "we got takeout" or "we had leftovers." If every post was truly about what someone cooked for dinner, then I think the threads would be a fraction of their length and much more user friendly. But it's wildly popular it appears and the site should provide something for everyone.

              1. re: c oliver

                Suggestion;

                So then C. why don't you start a daily thread "WICFD" (What I Cooked For Dinner) each day? Be a trend setter!

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  I don't have that high an opinion of my cooking. When I cook something that I think is particularly good (the recipe not my ability) I will either find an existing thread on the subject or, failing that, start a new thread.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    I don't mind the ones that say what the leftovers or going out is and I don't mind a little back story. I just get sick of the one line "Congratulations!" "Sounds tasty" etc.

                    So I have to let it rack up 20 or so more hits so opening it has substance. I hate opening something with one not so intriguing response.

                  2. re: c oliver

                    The majority of posts are home-cooked dinners.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      My apologies. I just looked at the last one and see that references to takeout and leftovers were rare. I did however see five posts about pedicures :)

                  3. re: melpy

                    I rarely wade into the reeds that are the WFD threads, since unlike Mr. Allnut, I lack a Miss Rosie to help me remove the chat-leeches that infest them. So many people who have nothing to add but agreement could and should click recommend, but how many do? It's rare to see a recommend tally of more than 4 or 5, double digits hardly ever. But no end of "sounds great", "I'll be making that soon", and the ever-grating "Yum!"

                    Why on earth would strangers care that I am having leftovers or take-out or going out? IF I thought my friends would be interested in such mundanity, I'd be a Facebook user, or participate in boards focused on chit-chat rather than chow.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      grey, let me assure you that my FB friends are way more on-topic than a lot of what goes on on CH. Last night there was an exception but it was something that wound up with a relatively short digression discussing student loan debt. A worthy topic.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        Isn't it really fabulous, though, how this website has so many different boards and threads for any number of folks who can pick and choose which ones to read/participate in ---- and which ones not to?

                        Unless, of course, someone *really* got a kick out of being personally aggravated on a consistent basis, that is. Never underestimate the penchant for masochism on the wonderful world of the interwebs.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            grey, do you think it would be more effective if "recommend" got changed to "like" or "agree"? I haven't liked "recommend" since its inception because that's generally not what anyone is doing when they use it. Do you think anyone who's currently saying "great" or "yum" would switch to just hitting a button?

                            1. re: c oliver

                              While most sites use a different term, you don't need to be a Rhodes scholar to realize what the recommend button means. TPTB resisted the idea of a "like" option for a very long time. I imagine their choice of term is a reflection of their reticence to employ a popular Facebook term. That's ironic, since this site has gotten SO informal, despite the sparse use of the recommend button, that it now functions as Facebook for many regional and topical cliques. I would love to think a change of term would lead to a higher button tally but I suspect those who chime in without anything further to say would continue to do so. We'll see what happens if TPTB employ that thumbs up/down feature in FQ on the other boards.

                              1. re: greygarious

                                I know I use the recommend button A LOT. There are times where something impresses me SO much that I'll make a comment but that's rare. I wonder why more don't use it. Esp. on WFD if what you want to say is 'that sounds good' why not? I'm pretty sure there are many people who avoid those threads just because they get so long, so quickly. That fabulous Trini-Chinese Chicken recipe got reposted as its own thread and just took off. I bet there are many, many others like that. Just ramblings from an old lady on a sunny afternoon :)

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  I can tell you why I hesitate to use it on many threads- how Chris (I think) explained it to me. It was so vague and confusing that it rendered it utterly useless. I do use when I truly "recommend" the contents of a post, not that I like or approve of it.

                                  My personal exception is the WFD threads. While I often post love, sounds great, etc I also use recommend as "like".

                                  Until we start seeing notifications that a post was "recommended" I can't see it really taking off the way you want it to Gray. . "Like" works on FB because you know when a post you commented on or created was "liked". With the way threads are collapsed here unless you actively look for it you have no idea if a post you "recommended" or created was "recommended" by someone else.

                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                    But does it really matter? Most things I post on are active, current threads so I'm going to see any updates be they posts or recommends. Also may I politely ask why you post "love" or "sounds great"? I agree that "recommend" has no real meaning but we all get the point I think that if you hit that button you mean you like it, it sounds good, etc.

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      I do it because that's how I feel! And on that particular thread it is keeping with the tone/flavor of thread. It is "understood". I don't get all the hating on WFD. If you don't like it, why read it? It's clearly marked and easy to avoid.

                                      However when the PTB own explanations of its use render it useless in a thread dedicated to *using* the recommend button why use it? Unless you are a regular poster you are going to have no idea what it means. The PTB made it clear it was not "like"

                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                        First, for me anyway, there's no "hating" at all. It's just that the threads get so long, so fast that it's daunting, as someone said, to separate the wheat from the chaff.

                                        I guess I missed where the PTB explained that "recommend" doesn't mean "like." I'll search for that and if you have it hand it would probably stop this convo immediately. I had no idea. Thanks.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          Well, I did find this:

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893316

                                          Well into the thread, Jacquelynne did comment that it's a low-key way of telling someone you liked what they posted. Maybe she didn't use the word "like" but that how I interpret it.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            Interesting, I must have missed that thread, thank you. It was another thread (and now I am thinking it was Dave not Chris who explained how *he* personally used it) that rendered it useless to me so I pretty much avoid its use except where I find it will be clearly understood.

                                    2. re: foodieX2

                                      I'm a Chris, and that's how I use it :). If I'm reading my local board, or researching a trip, or even if I just stumble somewhere across a really informative post, I use the "recommend" on it. And you know, I don't know if the poster even knows i did that, but It fills my need to give an appreciative nod to the content without adding clutter to the thread.

                                      You can see on your list of posts which of your posts have been recommended... you have to go to "posts" on your profile page, and the number of recommends shows up on the "last reply" column. Use of the recommend button also bumps threads up in the "trending now" box but I don't know how many people actually look there.

                                      I think you are right that we might see more use of recommend if you had a notification alert like there is on Facebook.

                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                        I rarely look at Facebook. Do I understand correctly that it sends you what amounts to a digital telegram whenever someone "likes" something you posted? Really? People are so affirmation-needy that they have to be updated the instant someone gives them a virtual pat on the back? Is it a contest: "I have more likes than you do"? If that's how it works, UGH!

                                        1. re: greygarious

                                          No. Not like that. At the top of the page, there's a tiny little globe. And if anyone likes what you said or comments on what you said, there will be a number or numbers. Once you click on that, those numbers go away until there are more comments or likes. For me anyway, I "like" far more often that I comment. This morning I shared something that I thought was a pretty slick idea. One person 'liked' it and another posted "what a great idea." That latter one could just have easily been a "like."

                                          Re affirmation-needy, I wondered the same as you. Why do you want to be notified if someone liked something you said? I really don't get that. But I'm talking here about CH not FB. If I answer a question that's that. I don't look for someone to agree with me. But all of us are different with different wants.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            Yes, the number on the globe thing is what I was thinking could be implemented here. Facebook does have an option to send you email alerts for all sorts of things but I have all of those turned off, and I don't see any advantage to that sort of thing on Chowhound. I couldn't even stand to have email notifications about replies to posts on for more than a couple of hours.

                        1. Well, as a matter of fact, on sheets is matters too. But I concur with the other posters. I see some of these threads reaching into the mid to high 200's and more. By that time all that is interesting, pertinent, relevant has been said. I have criticized this site on previous occasions for letting this happen. Given the immoderate moderation we have on here I am surprised that more threads are not locked.

                          In Austin there is a thread named Hard Hats which discusses openings. The posters there took it upon themselves to occasionally start anew when on thread became too populated. Of course, everything is better in Austin..

                          1. I'm much less likely to jump into any thread with more than 100+ replies. However, I often browse and will contribute to certain threads that are that long like the random "what's your flavor" sort of threads. Recent example is a thread on "flavors that you just don't like." I found it randomly and while long it was one that was easy to browse and also one that I contributed to because it wasn't really an opinionated, discussion sort of thread.

                            1. There may well be pertinent info still missing in longer threads, since the decreased moderation has resulted in such a high noise to signal ratio. Between *attaboys*, lame jokes, and boozinnuendo, there may be only 25 informative posts in a >50-post thread.

                              If a previously-unvisited, high thread-count posts catches my eye, I open it and scroll past the super-short replies, which for the most part don't supply real info. Also the ones whose screen names are on my ever-growing "little list", with a nod of the head to Ko-Ko.

                              1. Even this thread might be getting too long for some 'hounds.

                                1. I'm one of those people who at least makes an attempt to read what's been posted, as it irks me when someone comes in and basically restates what's already been said 2 or 3 times.

                                  So no, if it's more than 100 or so, I just keep going.

                                  I also try to pay attention to the age of the thread, although I don't always succeed. Short post counts on a really old thread means current posts tend to not be terribly relevant.

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                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    I also try to be diligent about reading a thread before replying so, yeah, I'm not even going to go there.

                                  2. I think you're right. And when people run out of things to say the chit chat begins.

                                    1. I do avoid the high count threads and also quickly close threads where there is a lot of personal chitchat back and forth between people that obviously have an extra-chowish esoteric relationship to one another or threads with comments that are rude and snotty to another poster (everyone has their moments of ignorance, no need to be mean about it). I especially dislike the sockpuppets that are (to me) obvious corporate shills putting forth their propaganda as fact.

                                      1. I didn't use to be but the longer I'm around the less I hop into a thread with lots lof resposes. I'm ok until about 300 or so. If it is a hot topic where I have been posting all along I tend to stick around for a awhile but fall off eventually.

                                        1. That's a shame, I find the thread count to be pretty useful. But then again maybe I'm just "simple" and easy to please.

                                          1. I'll usually read the thread, but not contribute to it, unless what I have to say has already been said by someone else or several someones else.

                                            That's not to say I haven't jumped in a 50+ count thread before with my own comment; I guess I'm just less likely to do so the longer I'm on CH.

                                            1. I'm with you on the thread count - generally stay away from the 100+ ones. I also pay more attention to the really old ones, and have started to identify certain posters as "resurrectors" - the people who resurrect ancient topics.

                                              But a locked thread? I'm all over that like white on rice! I must lack for gossip.

                                              1. Much depends on the thread title about whether I open it, regardless of post count.

                                                And, once open, it depends how interested I am in the subject. I can usually manage to get to around 300 posts before I decide enough is enough, even on a generally interesting post. As others have said, the really interesting contributions are usually made in the very early stages of the discussion.