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ot: how do you read the threads?

do you tend to read the posted question/comment and then make a comment yourself, or do you read ALL of the posted comments first and then decide if your comment will contribute any more to what's already been written?

Wed. Jan 31, 3:00pm

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If it's something heated, my emotions get the best of me and I POST POST POST, but if it's something where I feel I need to post responsibly then I'll read through everything and then post if I feel I'm contributing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 3:02 PM

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Depends on how many responses there have been. If it's a bump with about 80 I admit I only skim.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 3:18 PM

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I read them all to make sure I don't repeat what someone else has said. Sometimes, a smarty has already expressed my feelings. ~;c)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 6:26 PM

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well, they'd have to be a "smarty" if they said the same thing you would have! (haha)
i usually read all the comments and i find a lot of times that the same things are repeated over and over (an indication that others don't read all the other comments before posting). i hate to just reiterate what someone else has posted, unless it's a poll or something. sometimes the thread loses its train of thought and i just stop reading.

Thursday, February 01, 2007, 10:26 AM

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I read through, or until there is a nasty exchange. Once the nastiness starts I just quit

Thursday, February 01, 2007, 4:48 PM

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you must not get through many threads...

Friday, February 02, 2007, 2:57 PM

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You're right, I probably do not get all the way through. But I don't spend that much time in Community, my 2 teams keep me very busy. Also, the threads that sound interesting to me often don't attract attackers. Sometimes I am taken by surprise, though. I learn a lot in the Community, and like to hear different points of view.

I think sometimes what people take exception to is simply a result of not being able to see body language, or hear tones of voice. Something can sound insulting, or sound funny, depending on how it is said, and when you are only able to type, misunderstandings can occur.

Also, I try to keep in mind that there are differences in how people relate to each other. Some people are accustomed to a more rambunctious communication within their families. Others are more polite and restrained, more quiet in communication within the family. When these 2 types get together with different communtication styles, and have to do it by typing, as above, there are bound to be ruffled feathers. I can get past that.

But some people live for strife, no matter the relative importance of the issue, and they never stop stirring it. So it rarely is worth the agravation to my life to keep reading. Not that there is nothing good ever said after the nastiness starts, it just is not worth it to me to deal with vituperation of that type. I would do better to go talk to my team members.

That is all I meant

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 4:14 AM

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