Read the damn thread. 2010-02-19 19:27:47
I've been on the forums for over a year now. And I can't remember a single time (however short)during any of it where everyone actually READ the threads they posted in. When I go back through old threads from years gone by, I don't really find it to be much better in this respect either. There appears to be a depressingly large portion of the community here that is solely interested in posting as much as possible, while reading as little as would ensure they don't get banned for it.
Seriously, every third thread I see has at least some degree of repeat questions, obvious +1'ing, or other blatant examples of people only reading the title and / or the first post or two before posting in them. This makes absolutely NO sense at all to me, for one simple reason:
Think about it. By only reading the first post (if even that much), what you're basically saying in your reply to it is that you either don't like, or can't be bothered, to read anything beyond what is totally unavoidable. And if you don't like reading, what the fuck are you doing spending your time on a text-based internet forum?
If that wasn't nonsensical enough, I'd be willing to bet that at least 90% of all the good posts on this BBS are not OP's, or even anywhere close to the start of the threads they're in. Ergo, by only reading the first one or two posts in any thread, you're effectively denying yourself the vast majority of the entertainment value the forums were supposed to be all about in the first place.
And for what? For the sake of some arbitrary, inconsequential post-count number on the side of your posts? If you think obsessing over that'll get you anywhere, you're doing this whole forum thing wrong. Very wrong.
Bleh; I could go on and on until even the most patient reader (the ones this really ISN'T aimed at) would lose interest, so I won't. I'm not even sure this is an argument and not a rant anymore. I know it'll attract stupid TL;DR responses, and most of the people who would benefit from reading this are exactly the ones who probably won't, but screw it; it's better here than in a news post no-one at all will read. If it gets one decent, well thought-out reply, even if said reply proves all of this wrong, it was still worth posting. Quality > quantity, any day.
And this is just my opinion on why it's stupid, not if or why it should be against the rules. But you already knew that, because you READ THE FUCKING THREAD, didn't you!