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Old 03-15-2015, 05:40 AM   #1
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I think less pages

I think there should be less pages for discussions..

I meen, how am I supposed to discuss My Pets or Gumbo, when there are like 96 pages of discussion all ready?

Eric, Austin Tx.

I guess what I am saying is Start a new thread much more often?!


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Old 03-15-2015, 08:58 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what difference a new thread would make.

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:11 AM   #3
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In some instances, perhaps all, I think continuity would be lost. Often, a member will reference a previous post that may be quite far back. Creating more threads with fewer pages would only serve to complicate and confuse.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:11 AM   #4
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I always feel guilty when I start a new thread.

I prefer to sneak my questions or comments in among the 96 page threads.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:37 AM   #5
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You can change the pagination in your control panel and get most posts to a page as well.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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Having all the pages of a topic together is especially helpful for newbies too.

They can enjoy all the Today's Funny entries and have themselves a laugh fest; get multiple ideas for meatloaf or more answers to a partifular question.

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Old 03-22-2015, 04:42 PM   #7
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Personally, I think that it depends on the tone of the thread. You can post a different slant on a topic already under discussion and have it be inconsistent with what has gone before, completely losing the intent of the thread starter.

Sometimes that works, because the original idea had run its course. Other times it sends the thread off on a completely different tangent. That can be frustrating for the person who asked the original question, because they haven't really gotten the solution they were looking for before the thread takes off somewhere else.

Then too, sometimes it's a case of timeliness. There are topics discussed 5 years ago that may no longer be valid today. Restaurants come and go, websites change, retailers add and subtract product lines, etc.

Another negative: If I post a new comment on a 5 year old 50 page thread, then a new member wants to get some idea of what has inspired my post, he may have to try and sift through most of those 50 pages to get where I'm coming from. If I start it as a new thread, he's in on the ground floor, right along with me.

With this said, I don't advocate posting a new thread every time one has a thought. Use common sense and at least use the search function and see if there is an appropriate thread that would be suitable for what you want to bring up.

One other pet peeve of mine, and one that is enforced on some other sites I participate in, is the multi-quote button. I sometimes wonder if the person posting really doesn't understand its function, or if they are just ignoring it to pad their post count. It can potentially save a lot of pages on a thread to keep multiple quotes to a single post rather than a single member making 5 consecutive quoted posts.

I use the multi button most of the time, even if I end up only quoting one post, because that way as I read a thread and feel I have a comment to make on a post, I just click the multi button then read on, then click another one, etc. Then at the end, I just click Reply and all of the posts I want to quote, whether one post or five, come up in one thread so I can answer them in order. It's just more efficient for me and makes the thread less cumbersome to read.

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