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Originally posted by Jubes
If a thread is over 10 pages long it get s very time consuming to read every reply, sadly some of us have real lives outside of ATS and do not have the time to sit and read every reply in a thread that is 100, 200, 1000 pages long. Sometimes a person will hit the reply button start typing a reply and real life gets in the way, they may have to step away form the computer for a few minutes, by the time they finish typing their reply the thread could be 3 or 4 pages long. So it looks like they didn't read the replies before theirs because frankly they didn't as those replies were posted while they were typing their reply. ATS is a busy fast paced site sometimes people are replying at the same time. Sometimes people only have the time to read the OP and want to contribute something to the thread so they post a reply based on the OP. I wouldn't go so far as to call it self absorbed though. If a reply has a repeat of an opinion/information what's the big deal really? Just because I see a reply that sort of matches my opinion I"m not supposed to post in the thread? Just star it and move on? If everyone did that there would be no point to having ATS.