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        09-24-2008, 08:20 AM
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    Replying to threads

    Just a general question.

    When you reply to any given thread just how many of you actually read what has already been posted ? How many that start a thread actually read the replies to the question or comments posted in the initial post?
         
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        09-24-2008, 08:42 AM
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    Very good question. I'm always amazed at how many posters ask questions that, if they actually read the thread, would have been answered.

    There are a lot of threads that I follow even if I don't respond but if I do respond, I'll follow it through even if I don't answer again. But that's just me.

    What drives me absolutely crazy is the grammar and misspellings from posts. There is no reason for it with all the tools available to make corrections before posting. What are our schools teaching!!?? I find that some posts are actually unreadable.
         
        09-24-2008, 08:50 AM
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses
    What drives me absolutely crazy is the grammar and misspellings from posts. There is no reason for it with all the tools available to make corrections before posting. What are our schools teaching!!?? I find that some posts are actually unreadable.
    I absolutely agree about the grammar issue as well. I will NOT respond to posts that are written in text. If you write the word "what" as "wot"...or "you" as "u", then do not expect me to even look any farther in your thread or post.

    But I made a reply recently that while is correct should have made someone say to themselves "how is that possible" but the posts after and the OP said nothing so hence the posting of this thread.
    I scratch my head sometimes with what I read.

    I get a good chuckle out of others.
         
        09-24-2008, 08:57 AM
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    Yearling
    Is this refering to a thread about "how long have you had your horse"? I read it but was in too much of a hurry to reply when I read it this morning and I did think, huh??? Hehe

    I read most threads and replies before I reply, I get annoyed when people write replies back asking for more info but if they stopped and read the whole text their questions would be answered.
         
        09-24-2008, 09:30 AM
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    I try to read everything that is posted before I will post... sometimes im in a hurry and then go back later and go "oops someone already suggested that". As far as grammar and spelling I try my hardest to write correctly but we are only human and all make little mistakes here and there. I have a harder time with someone asking a question, you reply back and the original poster gets upset with your suggestion. I think that if you ask something or post something you better have an open mind to others responses. I don't want to give any examples just cause I don't want to start a fight but im sure everyone has seen it or had it done to them at one point on here.

    I overall love it on here and spend a lot of time here. It is fun to learn others approaches and thoughts on issues.
         
        09-24-2008, 09:42 AM
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    Originally Posted by Angel_Leaguer
    I have a harder time with someone asking a question, you reply back and the original poster gets upset with your suggestion. I think that if you ask something or post something you better have an open mind to others responses. I don't want to give any examples just cause I don't want to start a fight but im sure everyone has seen it or had it done to them at one point on here.
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    Very true. I've found that many posters really don't want an answer but rather validation for what they are doing wrong.
         
        09-24-2008, 10:08 AM
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    ...I must admit, I'm guilty of everything. I read the question and sometimes I'll think... "I can answer that!" and I'll type up my response and THEN I'll go back and read only to find 10 other people said the same thing... OR I'll get in a hurry and I'll type everything really fast and I'll have a ton of typo's and spelling errors and I won't hit spellcheck because... I'm lazy. I also, am guilty of reading responses to people that have in the past posted USEFUL information while skipping people that tend to agree with the above or in my opinion, don't really know what they are talking about, or just like to cause fights...
         
        09-24-2008, 10:24 AM
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    Trained
    I'm fairly new to the forum but I really do try to find and search for previous posts that might answer the questions I have. I also tend to follow along with a topic that interests me every time it is updated because I am learning a lot and am, quite honestly, sometimes entertained by the banter. :)

    I do agree with the point about really bad grammar (not just occasional misspellings and such) and because of it not understanding what the poster is trying to say.

    Now was that bad grammar on my part? I do believe it was! Hehehehe
         
        09-24-2008, 10:46 AM
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    Trained
    I know that when I have the time I will read every post. I don't respond to every thread I read. I do follow threads even if I don't respond to them. I don't respond to a thread if I haven't read it through though.

    I have caught myself several times not using spellcheck. I end up editing if I catch myself. Sometimes I don't catch it. That's human error I suppose.

    I know that I have terrible sentence structure....thus...all these dots...to separate my thoughts. Now that you have brought this up I guess I really should try harder and maybe even brush up on my writing skills. I do know that I enjoy reading Bill's posts because they are well written and I am impressed by his/your (I know you're going to read this :P ) vocabulary and I do wish I would have paid better attention in school.

    I get lazy...sorry folks. I will try harder.

    Thanks for bringing this subject to the forefront. We should all use better grammar so that the likelihood of a misunderstanding is lessened.
         
        09-24-2008, 11:05 AM
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    Yearling
    I have to admit, the thing I find most confusing, and which puts me off reading a post (though I do try and read every entry before I reply) is the organisation of it. If it's clear sentences and paragraphs and the progression of ideas can be followed, I'm happy to read it. If it's haphazard and it's hard to tell just what the person is getting at, I'm more inclined to skip.

    I do have quite a few threads on watch so I know when they're replied to :) I have particular forums that I scour more than others.
         

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