posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 03:23 PM
On the very rare occassion I will post without reading every page of a thread. For instance, when the thread requests a personal take on a scenario,
there is no need to read all of the thread, because there is literally no chance that someone elses circumstances or reactions to stimuli are going to
be identical to mine, because I am bouncing off the walls mad to put it bluntly, so I can be relied upon to have a different take on things more often
But where what I call cold topics are concerned, those involving science and technical terminology, I tend to carefully read the thread. There are
two reasons for this, one is that I like to be sure that I am singing from the correct hymn sheet, and have fully understood the subject that everyone
in the thread is discussing. Sometimes it turns out that members are not discussing the topic really, just dilly dallying about in the general area in
which it can be found, but thats by the by, and to be totally fair to ATS, thats what I have come to expect over the last few years.
However, generally speaking, I read on, and join the actual conversation which is being held between people who have an attention span longer than a
mosquito's reproductive organs. Another thing I like to try to do, although I am not always successful, is I try to comment on relatively new
threads, when they are only three to five pages long. Although I do LOVE to read the longer threads (especially if they happen to be jam packed with
awesome thinking), I work during the day, so I am usually prowling for some breaking news or new advances in science and tech and so on, and brand
spanking new threads on those topics.
This means that I get to interact with a whole thread, but it also means that I do not use an awful lot of work time commenting on the thread/topic
before me. During the night of course, if I happen to be indoors, I will be on the boards, reading massive threads.
Interestingly, large threads are very hard to comment on. The reason for this, is that when a thread goes past say fifty pages, depending on the
subject matter, it could almost be said that anything that was worth saying has been said already, although I do love to come into a thread of that
size and find that I have managed a relatively unique thought on the subject.
A word on THIS thread if I may. There are an awful lot of threads a little bit like this on the site, and it seems to me that the remedy for all
these gripes, rants, and issues expressed by threads like this, is precisely the same. Be the change you want to see, take control of the only part of
this website that is yours to police, your own contributions, posts, threads, and conduct. When others fail to take your sterling example to heart,
and change thier ways, just clobber them over the head constantly with your masterly grasp of your own talents. Wave it in thier faces like an ape in
a phallus waving contest.
Either the terrifying weight of your intellect will crush thier spirits, and they will comply with basic use of intelligence, or they will become
bored with your consistency, and have no choice but to leave, or else face the stone wall of your mind, and be unable to scale it. Either way, its the
only chance you have of effecting the ways of others.
I for one understand your position.