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Sat Oct 15, 2016, 09:38 AM

How do you feel about DU threads

where the OP responds to every post? I'm not fond of that practice. It's not the worst offense of forum etiquette, by any stretch of imagination. But it seems to scream "Look at me," especially when some of the OP's replies (or many of them) are simply an acknowledgement that you posted.

Just curious how others perceive it.

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Reply How do you feel about DU threads (Original post)
True Dough Oct 2016 OP
rug Oct 2016 #1
LineLineReply .
femmocrat Oct 2016 #3
True Dough Oct 2016 #5
Egnever Oct 2016 #31
femmocrat Oct 2016 #2
Phentex Oct 2016 #4
OriginalGeek Oct 2016 #14
AgadorSparticus Oct 2016 #33
hermetic Oct 2016 #6
irisblue Oct 2016 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2016 #8
annabanana Oct 2016 #13
Skittles Oct 2016 #9
ProfessorGAC Oct 2016 #20
Skittles Oct 2016 #30
NJCher Oct 2016 #10
cwydro Oct 2016 #11
Iggo Oct 2016 #12
shenmue Oct 2016 #15
Jamaal510 Oct 2016 #16
astral Oct 2016 #17
lindysalsagal Oct 2016 #18
betsuni Oct 2016 #19
Fla Dem Oct 2016 #21
True Dough Oct 2016 #22
A HERETIC I AM Oct 2016 #23
True Dough Oct 2016 #25
A HERETIC I AM Oct 2016 #26
True Dough Oct 2016 #27
A HERETIC I AM Oct 2016 #28
True Dough Oct 2016 #29
Algernon Moncrieff Oct 2016 #24
ohnoyoudidnt Oct 2016 #32

Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:16 AM

1. Testing . . . .

 

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Response to rug (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:44 AM

3. .

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Response to rug (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 12:07 PM

5. I'm gonna guess

that this ground has been covered before. I realize the DU has been around for a long time and I haven't (at least not as part of this discussion board).

Anyway, it's not a "die on this hill" sort of issue, of course. I just wanted to stick my finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing.

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Response to rug (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 04:58 PM

31. Well played

 

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:43 AM

2. I have the opposite opinion.

I think it is good manners to reply to anyone who responds to your OP.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 11:16 AM

4. That"s how i feel...

Unless the thread is very old, i try to respond to anyone who takes the time to post to me.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:19 PM

14. That's where I land too.

At at least, if the reply warrants a response and I can do it with something more substantial than a "yep".

For instance:
OP: Puppies are the best!
Reply: Yep!

I wouldn't likely respond to that yep.

But
OP: Puppies are the best!
Reply: I agree! What's your favorite flavor?

I'd respond with "why, chocolate lab of course!"

Or
OP: Puppies are the best!
Reply: Kittens only you dickbag!
My response would be "what are you? Communist?!"

But mostly i appreciate when people take the time to reply to my ops and I want them to know it.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 10:33 PM

33. I fall in this camp too. I think it is rude to not respond.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 03:08 PM

6. I'm with them ^^^^

If I start a conversation, when someone replies I will most certainly acknowledge them, when possible. Not to is rude, IMO.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 03:57 PM

7. when I posted about the passing of Princess Peanut,

I felt it was necessary& polite to say thank you to those who sent condolences. If I'd asked for ad ice & DUers answered, again I'd say thank you, seems polite. Just my opinion.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 04:08 PM

8. Several years back, here in the Lounge...

I used to post a lot more than I do now.

People often chimed in and I felt as several folks have said today, that it's the nice thing to do to respond to everyone.

I felt that if people were nice enough to chime in on my OP, the least I could do was respond.

So I did.

I always tried to have intelligent responses.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:04 PM

13. Our dear gregarious Peggy

has a good word for everyone!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 07:31 PM

9. it tells me they have the time and patience to follow-up

more power to them

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Response to Skittles (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 11:08 AM

20. Yes, And How Many Times Have We Been Annoyed. . .

. . .when the poster of an OP never joins back into the discussion. This seems far worse than in participating in one's own OP.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #20)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 04:37 PM

30. absolutely correct

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 07:50 PM

10. I don't think it screams Look at Me

Just the opposite. It is a nice, friendly touch to the forum and I, for one, appreciate it. As long as the person has something to say in response, I say more power to responses.

I remember when SCE used to respond to each post on the Sunday LOLkatz thread. I understand why he doesn't do that anymore, but I miss it.


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #10)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 09:34 PM

11. I agree!

It's friendly and nice.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 09:42 PM

12. Love 'em!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:23 PM

15. I'm okay with it

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Oct 15, 2016, 10:38 PM

16. I always saw it

as a way to keep his/her thread kicked so more people would notice it.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Oct 16, 2016, 01:03 PM

17. I don't think its an issue one way or the other.

 

A person may feel interested in an engaged conversation, may have an interest in the replies, may just post to find out what others think, or may post and be busy with other things and just neglect, or forget, to come back to the thread.

I really dont think its bad etiquette one way or another.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Oct 16, 2016, 02:57 PM

18. Personally, I check back and add something when inspired

but not out of obligation. I like to see where it goes on its own.

Sometimes my fav posts die on the spot. Go figure?

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 09:29 AM

19. It depends on the person I think.

Some have something to say for every response and it's interesting, others are obviously responding just to keep their post kicked. I feel guilty when I post something and can't think of anything to say to comments and also when I post something and reply to comments just to keep it kicked. This is why I don't do OPs very often.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 11:24 AM

21. Not into pithy responses just for the sake of keeping a post kicked.

But I do get a little peeved when someone starts a controversial post that creates a lot of give and take and the original poster just checks out and never joins in the debate.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #21)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 12:51 PM

22. That would depend on the person's history, I suppose

If the individual has a penchant for winding people up, then I understand where you're coming from.

But some people may occasionally broach controversial subjects to "check the temperature" or to better educate themselves, then it's not offensive to sit back and absorb the replies rather than to advertise one's rather limited grasp of the subject matter.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 01:58 PM

23. If you post a thread on a subject and most of the responses are along the lines of....

"Thanks for this. That was really funny/sweet/interesting etc, I think it is perfectly fine to respond to each with a "You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it" or similar.

After all, if you are in a crowd and people say those sorts of things to YOU, don't you respond to each individual?

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #23)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 02:58 PM

25. Fair enough

if that is the nature of the thread. There are a few DU members, on the other hand, who respond to all posts (or the vast majority of them) even in issue-oriented topics. You'll notice after a while some repetition from the OP because there's only so much to say from a single POV. Imagine if every thread was like that. You'd eventually be trying to skip to every second post to avoid reading the OP's reiterations.

There's a middle ground. Most DUers find it.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #25)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 03:23 PM

26. "Imagine if every thread was like that"

No need. I don't read every thread, so that point is irrelevant. Do you read every single thread on this website? That must keep you VERY busy!

There are a few DU members, on the other hand, who respond to all posts (or the vast majority of them) even in issue-oriented topics.

Yeah, but so what? That's what the ignore function is for. If there are certain posters who consistently post in a manner that you find annoying, place them on ignore.

Problem solved.

Look, I get the point you are trying to make, but there are things that people do on DU that I find MUCH more aggravating.

Responding to others on a thread they started is not high on my list.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #26)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 03:39 PM

27. But important enough to have responded twice in this thread!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #27)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 03:55 PM

28. This is YOUR thread in which you asked a question of the readers

I answered. You responded with what I consider an absurdity that deserved a response. Now we are having a conversation.

If you don't want to have a conversation, or don't care to read a facsimile of one, then I would suggest there are better ways to spend your online time.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #28)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 03:59 PM

29. Okay, thanks for the advice

I know you don't mind the inane replies, you already said so!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 02:04 PM

24. I've found you can't win

If you post, and just let others respond, you get accused of "post and run." If you respond to everything, you get accused of "look at me."

Honestly, it depends on the thread.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Oct 17, 2016, 10:27 PM

32. I think it is generally considerate to acknowledge the people

who took the time to give you response/feedback on your OP. It is something I need to work on myself.

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