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Forum topic by a1Jim posted 02-24-2010 07:03 AM 2138 views 0 times favorited 77 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2010 07:03 AM

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In my most resent post I had a lot to say about what was going on. So the post was pretty long and wordy.
I had some one ask about something that was in that post so I sent him a link to that post. He said that he had seen it the first time but didn’t read it because it was so long the first time. So I started thinking about how many post do I skip because their to long. I have to confess when someones writing a novel I tend to skim over it or skip it. So whats you number of lines you will read. ALL or them? XX number of lines or only short post?

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 07:08 AM

For me it depends on the time I have and the subject.

I will not read anything that is like one big giant paragraph.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 07:12 AM

Depends if it is intersting to me or not. I will read the longest ones, but give up on short ones that are of no interest. I think a couple of paragrahps at the most to get the idea across. If it will take more than that, think aobut dividing it into 2 posts of related ideas.

If I am going to reply, I normally read the responses to see if I’m being repetitive.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 07:14 AM

Gary has a good point. A lot of posts are not divided up into paragraphs and some not even sentences due to lack of capitilization and periods. That makes them very hard to follow especially if the interest is marginal.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 07:16 AM

I like the ones with lots of pictures. Like they say 1 picture is worth a 1000 words.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 07:23 AM

You can’t add tabs with out typing out the spaces either that makes long ones look daunting to me because there are no tabs and the paragraphs aren’t layed out correctly. Kind of like this sentence. Ditto the pictures.

-- LAS,

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 07:47 AM

I’ve found I’ll read a longer post if it is broken up, not so much by paragraph but just after 3 or 4 lines. That’s what I try to do with my own.

Interestingly David or Patron’s style is easier to read when long. At first when reading his post I thought he was writing poetry. Sometimes I’m not to sure he isn’t.

Otherwise a lot has to do with the poster. There are some here who interest me enough that I really want to read their post. This is mostly because they usually have a new way or thought about a task or they just have a positive vibe or style such as yourself and David.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 07:49 AM

Meh I’m part of the early internet generation, grammar, spelling and sentence structure have no power over me! \o/

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 08:00 AM

I’ll give any post two sentences; if I’m not captivated by then, I’m moving on. Oh, I read yours Jim-the first time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 08:06 AM

Hey Dwayne thanks for reading it the first time LOL

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 08:27 AM

All depends on novelty, ideas and skill involved and good pictures of course. If these factors are provided I don’t mind reading several pages written neatly and fairly good grammatically.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 11:53 AM

Interesting posts have more chance of being read…IMHO
Use the old adage is KISS… keep it short and sweet or keep it simple stupid.. up to you …. lol

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 12:52 PM

I,m a man of few words and lots of pics :)

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 01:03 PM

I’m a man of many words as you know Jim. I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself. I don’t mind interesting long winded posts that have pictures and use paragraphs to keep thoughts organized. Everybody is different and some are better at expressing themselves with fewer words. I envy those folks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 01:34 PM

You lost me at bad grammar…

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 02:50 PM

This is an excellent question. I mostly decide to read based on title first, then on number of lines, then on grammar. If the title grabs me, I’ll start to look at the article/post. If the post is more than 4-6 lines, I’ll probably skip it. If I read it, I’ll stop after the first 2 or 3 grammatical mistakes.

I know I’m going over 4 lines here, but just to illustrate, I skipped over all of the comments because there were so many…

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