posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 03:37 PM
Originally posted by Maxmars
But remember, not every minimalist post is necessarily going to vanish. If this is what our members want to discuss, my opinion is that once a thread
gets a certain number of responses; it is increasingly difficult to justify removal.
I have always seen it more from this perspective. Often those short threads will go on to spark discussion. And if it does that, it should be
perfectly acceptable, as it has served its function on this discussion forum.
I have quite a number of times seen the opposite problem-- where a person takes time to write out an OP only to get few, or minimal responses. It can
happen both ways.
Aside from the fact that some of us actually enjoy
some of these minimalist, purely informative posts. Not all of us go to, or are even aware
of sites like buzzfeed, or whatever site it was OP mentioned. If you're not one of those who enjoy such posts, you do have the option of not reading
or participating in them.
Maybe ATS should have a feature that allows a preview of the OP upon cursor hover-over, to make it easier for people to avoid threads they won't
I often find ATS has the opposite problem. Even for posts where the OP provides an opinion... because of ATS' policy about minimal copied content,
people often read the little blurb in the OP and then proceed to comment (without clicking the link to read the complete source) and then proceed to
make under-informed comments, which often include assumptions which could be dispelled had they simply informed themselves by reading the source
article. I've seen this kind of needless speculation so many times it has become quite frustrating. It really bogs down discussion with pointless
verbiage-- seeing people speculate about points that were directly addressed in the link in the OP, but not in the quoted text, due to ATS original
content and copyright policies.