I think this is my first thread intended for the 'Rant' forum. I've been noticing something that is really irritating.
There are 'fads' in nearly every aspect of society. Many of you know the more ridiculous fad that was being used to excess on ATS and most other
website comment sections and forums;
"Pics or it didn't happen"
It was used a lot and most people despised it's use as a deflecting tool. Even the people using it began to realize just how ignorant the phrase had
There is a new 'fad' phrase... word. It is being used in excess and provides a path-of-least-resistance for those who desire to be seen, but do not
want to put in the effort to create a coherent reply that's based on their own ideas and opinions regarding the relative topic.
Whether on ATS or another website, by now, most of you have seen the 1 word reply.
What is it that makes someone want to quote someone else's post and include a reply of only 1 word, 'this'?
Do people think that a member's original comment was unable to get the message across and their support will somehow make the original comment more
On most forums, ATS specifically, there is absolutely no need for an egotistical* reply of 'this'. There is already a system in place that allows us
to acknowledge our agreement with certain posts, without wasting a comment to simply say 'this'! If you like someone's post, instead of making the
'fad' reply of 'this', all you need to do is reward the post a star.
Maybe I don't get it. I just feel that the original comments are enough and don't require a 'this' reply for validation by someone else who agrees
with the post.
I believe that when people look back at the posts that say nothing but 'this', they will realize just how ignorant these one word comments are.
Maybe, when I look back, I'll think my feelings about this are ignorant too... I just wish people would stop with the 'look at me' replies of the word
'this', that way we can put distance between the 'word fad' and actually be able to look back.
*egotistical because people feel their agreement somehow validates the content of a post, more so than the member who posted the original comment. The
probable thinking behind this - "I agree with the comment, but the original commenter doesn't have enough credibility. I'll need to use my clout so
everyone will know that the comment is worthy".
edit on 3-9-2013 by esteay812 because: tyops