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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:07
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Thumbs up How do you decide which thread to read?

I don't read every thread on JB, but I do read a fair few. How do I make sure I select which to read and which to pass by - I wouldn't want to miss something of earth-shattering relevance, but I also don't want to clog my day with useless or mundane ramblings.

This is how I decide:
1 - thread title is important, but equally so is the thread-starter. There are some on here that start useless, inane and pointless threads which absolutely compel me to read them, and others - well, you know who you are, so I won't out you here
2 - views to responses ratio - well, if a thread has 350 views, and 1 response (like mine often do ) then I respect the majority view indicating that it's not worth the time or trouble. I've even gone and deleted some threads I started, accepting the vote of society that it was not worth the bandwidth
3 - last post by ... Let's face it, if the last post was by Slasher (before the Last Post was for Slasher) it was compulsory reading - well, maybe just worth looking at the piccies There are some other posters that warrant, nay, command similar viewing; and others, where if 'they' have contributed, you know the thread has already gone to hell in a handbasket and there will be no value left in the thread.
4 - a few that have ongoing interest, like, in my case, the War in Australia thread. Again, some really worthwhile posts, and others by people who are stealing my oxygen Similarly, some current affairs type topics often have useful and educational links.
5 - and lastly, being a long-standing voyeur and student of the craziness of my fellows on planet earth, anything to do with Darwin Candidates and Lycra Loonies (often one-and-the-same) warrants at least a cursory read.

How do others decide what to read and what to leave?
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:18
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I look for the locked ones first.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:29
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Shut my eyes and stick a pin in the screen...
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:34
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I don't or very rarely look at who started the thread.

Title, if interesting I almost certainly look at it.
If not, I might have a read if not looking at new posts in a thread already in, some of which are compulsory - War in Aus politics being one.

Not a fan of obscure titles with no relevance to the thread,
I think it stops some threads from getting going.

Darwin Candidates, Friday Jokes are a must read
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:53
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Anything with the word 'sex' in the title.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 07:17
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Anything that's likely to be :
  1. controversial
  2. funny
  3. informative
  4. confirmation of my own bigoted views
I tend not to look at threads where the title is cryptic, such as :

wtf?
Any ideas on this?
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 07:22
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I am only an occasional reader these days, having withdrawn from aerial activities, but I go largely by title. This really should have the subject matter stated in it to give us a clue. Obscure ones ('Lessons Will be Learnt' is a current example) I tend to leave unless I think I can guess the real subject .. and my guess was spot on with that one !

OTOH, if I am bored I might well read anything recently posted in the past week or so.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 08:14
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I avoid -

Threads with titles that indicate the OP is obviously bored shitless, like for example "How often do you change your bed linen" or "what's your favorite toilet paper brand" etc.


I open (in order) -

Closed threads

Anything with the word "sex" in the header

Anything initiated by the Limerick thread regulars

Then the rest
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 08:41
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Title, if interesting I almost certainly look at it.
- then, one never knows what the thread might twist and turn into...

but the title helps, that's for sure.
I seldom notice who the OP is. Dunno, why. I've got some kind of selective vision, I guess, which enables me not to notice if my car is where it normally is for example, and I noticed the "view" count only when the Silhouette Challenge guys celebrated their one-millionth (some years ago). I do have some favorite posters, though.
I try to take a look at the 'current events' (if not cryptified in the title) if I have time.
I love the ones with discussions on some technical-astronomical-(astro)physical-weirdobject issues. It's interesting, witty and sometimes things are explained so that even I can understand .
By now I know (I think I know) about some posters' expertise, so if there's something about ships, for example, ... or I need a good laugh, or...
Then the ones that do not require too much reading back, when I'm busy reading things anyway and have to think about my poor eyes.
And some for textual reasons, and some textually gifted posters.

And I avoid threads highly probable to rise my blood pressure. OK, 500N, I won't specify (btw, the poor shooting instructor...)
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:08
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I avoid any threads to do with US gun laws, which before half a dozen posts degenerate into pointless transatlantic mud slinging from both sides.

I go for anything to do with grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc - I love them.

I've never even looked at the Friday Jokes or Limericks threads - maybe I'm missing some good stuff, but I'll never know!

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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:22
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Threads started by the one person on my blocked list are ignored.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:26
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I look at the title and if it looks like it might be interesting to me then I start reading. However, and this applies to all forums
I visit, if someone says "blah blah blah discuss" I instantly leave that thread.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 10:51
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With threads, I regularly visit, I look and see who the most recent poster was. For example I avoid looking at the Scottish Independence thread if the most recent poster was any one of the 3 or 4 f****wits who regularly spout utter bilge there.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 11:00
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I often look at the thread starter and get a pretty good idea......but clearly not in this instance.....
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 12:44
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Skip titles that don't make sense or titilate curiousity. Never look at the thread starter. Always go to the last post and decide if it's the same old arguments between foes or he said she said. If the thread is new and only a few replies I will read the OP and if it says discuss in the text I will skip it. (I want entertainment, not soul searching)

Skip anything with multiple you-tubes in the same reply or posting.

Once discovering a banned poster icon in a thread I will always search by poster name for the last days threads to see who the antoginists might have been
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 13:19
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I'm a compulsive Limerist so that thread is a given. High, post to read only ratio, so we must have some fans.
I always read the 'Really Boring' etc thread for a bit of relaxation, rarely post though.

Who's posting tends to influence my choice of reading. I do have a few favourites, (The Admiral rarely disappoints) and a few non-favourites!

I must say I'm amazed, at how prolific some posters are.

I go for anything to do with grammar, spelling, punctuation
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I've been picked up only once for spelling/grammar. Must say I enjoy those threads, sometimes just for the sheer triviality. If I'm honest I've learnt a few things too. Phew! Just about to post and saw that I'd typed 'to' instead of 'too'.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 13:32
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Punctuation ..... my son drew my attention to the 'mistake' in this article about Yotels from the Economist.

If there is a drawback to what seems like an efficient solution to a familiar problem, it's location. Despite being targeted at connecting passengers, all three establishments are based land-side.
Any takers?
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 13:51
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I wouldn't open threads like this for instance.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 14:18
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Quote:
If there is a drawback to what seems like an efficient solution to a familiar problem, it's location. Despite being targeted at connecting passengers, all three establishments are based land-side.
Any takers?
Spurious apostrophe in "it's" for a start, naturally possessive so doesn't need it.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 14:35
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I first check the phase of the moon ...
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