Abridge Too Far
I haven't read through the whole thread, but saw the title and thought I'd chime in. I know what you mean OP. I hate it when people check sources or
read through a thread. I mean, what's that
all about? Do these people have lives? Do they actually have to read
something other than a
headline to know what they have to say? Get a clue, sheeple! Don't let other people tell you what to think! Make up your mind and speak before
Oh yeah, what was the ATS motto again?
A great thread with a well-crafted and thought-provoking OP, but as other members have pointed out, it's rarely so cut and dried. As a mod I usually
find myself either responding to a complaint or skimming through a thread looking for problems. In "mod mode", I'm so attuned to patterns of
disruption (it's amazing how they jump out at you when you're used to looking for them) that I often (and admittedly) don't even pay attention to the
actual topic. I just want to make sure people aren't flaming each other.
Again, as other members have pointed out, there are only so many hours in the day, and there's only so much any of us can read. ATS is so huge and
full of so many different things, it's hard not to take a little of everything smorgasbord style.
And yeah, some of the hottest threads can jump by several pages in just the time it takes to compose even a short post. It gets pretty crazy around
here when something big or controversial happens.
Data Processing Sinter
When I'm "skimming" in "mod mode", if I actually see something I need to take action on, I check the context of the situation to make sure I
understand what's happening. It would be wrong for me to act without having a clear idea of the circumstances. Sometimes it's obvious and doesn't
require a lot of backtracking, other times it's a lot more complicated and requires reading every post in the thread to be sure.
So what does all this talk about modding have to do with the importance of reading through a thread?
Most of us do the same thing as members. We see a topic of interest, (ideally) read the OP, check the links and then review the thread to get an idea
of what other members are saying. Posts that jump out at us will get more attention, other posts less.
Based on that, and after gaining a reasonable understanding of the context, we may feel inspired to post our own opinions on the issues, and we're off
to the races.
In reality, most or all of us are going to skip one, more or all of those steps at some point or another, or even all the time. That's just the way it
is, especially in a busy world already so overloaded with information with ever more constantly coming at us at a rapidly accelerating rate.
Of course there's always a risk of looking silly by posting something that clearly ignores the OP, sources or discussion thus far. But the
"punishment" (looking silly) fits the "crime" (being hasty). When that happens, however, there will usually be another member willing to point out the
error in an (ideally) friendly fashion. And so it goes.
In any case, despite the need on the part of every one of us to "triage" what we read and comment on, there's some great advice in this thread, and
though we may not always do all our homework, it's never a bad idea to keep the value of doing so in mind.
Now, what were we talking about? I forget.
tl;dr version: Oh the irony.
edit on 8/20/2011 by Majic because: (no reason given)