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hoi polloi Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:51 PM
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Why waste words
Be efficient in your answers. Make it short and to the point. For one, I really cannot take time to read paragraph after paragraph to get the jist of a post. I just skip it and go on to something short. Those of you who read extensive long posts and come back with good comments, I commend you. But, I don't have the time or patience for it. I was indoctrinated with the jounalist idea of presenting your point succinctly, in few words, and then letting it burn comments.
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ashmanonar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:53 PM
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1. umm...ok...
isn't this wasting words? saying something that has nothing to do with politics or any of the various discussion topics that hit du daily? :eyes:
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:54 PM
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2. OK
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:54 PM
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3. It depends on how it is written.
Somtimes a post is long because it contains so much information, but if it is written well, I don't mind, and can usually get through it.
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:55 PM
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4. I always try to do just that, but some are long but informative as well
:kick:
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:55 PM
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5. And to illustrate the point
you say:

"Why waste words
Be efficient in your answers.
Make it short and to the point."

LOL!


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hoi polloi Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:05 PM
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8. Not LOL
what I am saying is to let those who post long know that they are only getting the opinions of those who have the time to read on and on and they would be better off to be succinct and short if they want to get their message read to the majority of us.
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 10:59 PM
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6. Got scrollbar? LOL!
:evilgrin:
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ChairOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:04 PM
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7. Excellent satirical point!
It well highlights one of America's biggest problems: an illiterate electorate. Bravo!
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:07 PM
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9. Nothing personal..
But that post could have been written with 75 percent less words in it and still have the same point.
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hoi polloi Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:14 PM
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10. You are right
A post should have no more and no less words, only enough words to make the point. Wasted words, well not words, but the many paragraph after paragraph that we have to sort through here on DU are the reasons for my posts.
Just don't present me with pages of documents in your posts. Give a summary or something.
I don't have time to waste with lenghty, wordy posts.
That is all I am saying.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:14 PM
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11. Sometimes you want to say ideas, sometimes you want to say words.
In these times, saying words has become much more important than it has in the past. We have to make sure we all say the same words when talking to certain people.
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hoi polloi Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-16-05 11:27 PM
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12. My eyes glaze over
when someone, as frequently happens, posts a scroll down post, I just don't have the time for it. I just go on to the next post that is shorter, that I can read in a paragraph and makes sense to me. I really have no interest, myself, in reading long posts. Just me, I guess.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:15 AM
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13. Yup, too short don't work neither. midground's good.
Don't bother to ramble on and on and on and never get to your point without having had to visit several other things or topics or ideas which, though good and necessary in themselves do not add a whole lot to the original idea, but keep it short and concise and to the point because our minds start to bog down if they must go on too long without a break to pause in even though minds don't need to break to take a breath it can still be difficult to figure out what the point of the whole thing was.

Or: most important line is opening line of first paragraph. Most important paragraph is first. First line of every other paragraph is most important of that paragraph. OK to end with a final rounding up of idea. End of English 101, pass go, collect $200.

But I do know what you mean.
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bling bling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:23 AM
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14. Wha??
I think the problem is not the overabundance of words. It's the overabundance of threads that do not contain any level of reasoned out, intelligent, thoughtful ideas.

I've seen posts here where you can tell the author spent a lot of time composing his/her ideas and providing links that show the research involved. Unfortunately, those posts (the ones worth reading) are typically the ones that sink to the bottom the fastest because they get lost in the shuffle of uninspiring, impulsive comments posing as a discussion topic.

It's kind of sad.
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chefgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:32 AM
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15. Well, hell
Why bother speaking up and sharing our opinions at all?

Geez, some people treat this place like its a discussion forum or something. Don't they know, or care, that people just don't have the time to READ??

-chef-
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-05 01:45 AM
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16. .
<--- no wasted words
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