Do you read the long ones?

Canada
October 29, 2015 4:35pm CST
Do you read the long posts here or only the short ones. I try to read whatever I open but some posts just go on and on and on. I am not being critical and I think it is great to see such verbosity in writing. Do you prefer to read a shorter post, a longer post or does it matter matter?
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@sofssu (14451)
30 Oct 15
I avoid long posts when I am tired at the end of the day.. I keep them for a part of the day when I am fresher and open to reading.. I take the long and short in my stride as I eventually get to them all.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I guess you do have to be in the mood to read the long ones. If you are in a hurry and want to get on with the comments the shorter ones may be more practical.
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@sofssu (14451)
30 Oct 15
@Freelanzer Its more difficult when I am tired and my brain refuses to take in what I read.. I just write something inane and repent later.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
@sofssu I think we have all experienced that at one point.
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@vandana7 (66045)
• India
30 Oct 15
Some of us are not very good in expressing things in short posts. Most of my posts qualify as medium sized ones. But comments are indeed much too long. I need to work on that so that I can express briefly without causing misunderstandings. And I do read long ones, especially if they are written by somebody who is from English speaking countries. I also want to improve my English. :)
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
Yes the long posts would for sure help you with English and I find the long ones are usually well written
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@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
30 Oct 15
@vandana7 - She has not asked about size of your posts or about medium sized posts. It would be better if you practice precis writing so that you could limit your words while posting comments. (I am also thinking of practicing precis writing). If you are learning English from the posts written by good writers here, I am behind you, I also wish to learn and learn each day.
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@vandana7 (66045)
• India
30 Oct 15
@dpk262006 ..You really need to read the entire comment..lol. I noticed that I skip something when I am doing precis writing. That is why I need to do something like pick on any long posts, do precis writing of that post, and check whether all points are covered. A few hundred of those and my skills would have improved. But right now, I am kind of busy for that. :(
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• Midland, Michigan
30 Oct 15
It doesn't really matter matter to me if the person is making sense. I've rambled on posts elsewhere in the past, so I shouldn't mind reading some of the same once in a while.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
Once I start reading a post I usually try to finish it whether it is rambling or not however, if it is super long I may not finish all of it.
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@valmnz (12756)
• New Zealand
30 Oct 15
It all depends on whether I find it interesting or not. Long ones can definitely be interesting. Not many people are clever enough to make a very short one interesting. I do tend to read more of the somewhere in between length ones.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I kinda see it like the long ones are for reading enjoyment while the short, interesting ones are for discussion.
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@valmnz (12756)
• New Zealand
30 Oct 15
@Freelanzer the short ones bug me the most.
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@dodoazo (20298)
• Philippines
30 Oct 15
It depends on how it is written and its content so suggests. I usually read the title and it is being presented in the content and its implication to the reader's purpose of reading it.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
The long posts will have to have some substance to hold the interest of the reader
@jaboUK (54462)
• United Kingdom
29 Oct 15
It doesn't matter to me as long as it holds my interest. A short one - 'I went to the shop' sort of thing can be really boring.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
Yeah, the too short ones don't hold my attention either
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@MALUSE (41186)
• Germany
30 Oct 15
I flag one-sentence posts without any meaning. I may read long posts or I may not - depending on the writing style and topic.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I skip by the shorter sentences but if it is a longer sentence that makes sense and is interesting I may pay attention
@TheHorse (67110)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Oct 15
By short, I mean one good paragraph. Not: I walked my dog today. It was fun. Do you walk your dog?
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• Canada
31 Oct 15
@TheHorse I almost answered the question but caught myself just in time
@pgntwo (21736)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
29 Oct 15
Depends - if a longer item is engaging, I don't mind. There's a lot for the quickfire post though...
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
The quickfire ones do get you into the discussion faster
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• Midland, Michigan
30 Oct 15
@Freelanzer unless they don't give you much to talk about. Course if they are way too long, then there are so many points you want to mention you may forget them all anyway.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman True, long or short it has to lead to a discussion of sorts
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@Bluedoll (17063)
• Canada
30 Oct 15
It really depends on the mood I am in and what I am interested in at the moment. I don't feel compelled to read for any reason but rely completely on the latter and luck to find it! This includes comments in a thread. For example, I only read the post so far. Have a great day.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
It is a lot of reading if you include the comments and the post. Yes it would depend on the mood and what you feel like reading at the time.
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@Bluedoll (17063)
• Canada
31 Oct 15
@Freelanzer Read the comments this time around. It's true based on interest some short condensed versions are attractive but then some topics can spin into decent discussions. Slows you down but then slow can be good too. Long and slow.
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
29 Oct 15
If they are interesting, informative, and have a lot to offer I don't mind reading them. I get caught up in writing longer posts because I want to be helpful and supply a lot of information. Maybe that's why a lot of my posts aren't read because people like short ones less than 10 sentences. I guess I'll need to keep mine very short but at times it's hard.
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
I just think the platform here is one that focuses on discussion and even though I don't mind reading the long posts, I think it is better to leave the discussion to others. So instead of putting too much into a post, be brief and allow the others to add to the discussion
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@poehere (17700)
• French Polynesia
29 Oct 15
@Freelanzer You've made a good point. I think I have been a technical person way too long and had to help way too many people. I ended up explaining things so each person can understand and won't have a problem.
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@megamatt (14329)
• United States
29 Oct 15
Depends on the topic in question and the mood I'm in. Also, some people are able to spin a topic to keep me interested. And some days, the topic in question could be the greatest thing in the world, but when I'm not in the mood to read it. Long posts can be pretty good and pretty interesting, but there is something to be said about getting to the point. Really does depend on the day.
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
Like you I do think that the long posts are interesting mostly and well written, but not too long because i tend to get lost
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@TheHorse (67110)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Nov 15
I'll give up on a really long one unless the subject is really of interest to me.
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@Missmwngi (10637)
• Nairobi, Kenya
29 Oct 15
I love the short ones but when i am in good mood i go for all. However we got some long posts that are really cool and when you start to read you just one to go on and on until the end
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
I find long is OK as long as it isn't too long and I do prefer to take some time to comment and join the discussion
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@Missmwngi (10637)
• Nairobi, Kenya
29 Oct 15
@Freelanzer If it is interesting stuff why not but if not enticing me to continue reading well i move to another
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@Issa22 (86)
• Makati, Philippines
30 Oct 15
Hey Hi! @Freelanzer , Well I don't actually considering anything , if it is informative , I prefer but I do read everything.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I guess the main thing is how interesting it is, long or short
@dpk262006 (56217)
• Delhi, India
30 Oct 15
If you are asking me about my choice, I would prefer to read a shorter post than a longer post. Many users show their skills in conveying their point in few lines, while others keep on explaining everything. In my view our concentration level gets affected if it is a long post and sometimes, we may lose the crux of the post. Nonetheless, there are some users who are very good writers and narrate a post in such a lucid manner that you feel like reading it till you reach at the end of the post.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I agree.There are some long posts that are a pleasure to read when you have the time but if you want to get through reading a lot of posts then the short ones make more sense
@sharon6345 (130793)
• United States
30 Oct 15
I don't find my interest is kept with super long posts. I will read enough to at least like the post.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
Once I start reading, I try to finish but if it is exceptionally long and not too interesting I will move on
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@marlina (74777)
• Canada
29 Oct 15
No, I do not like to read the posts that are going and going.
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• Canada
29 Oct 15
I often would start reading the long posts but some are so long that it seems like it never ends. I do think the long ones are the better ones but you get lost if they are too long
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@Beatburn (3904)
• Philippines
19 Nov 15
Like what they say, it's not the length, it's how you use it.
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@else34 (13606)
• New Delhi, India
30 Oct 15
@Freelanzer,Frankly speaking,I like reading short discussions.I lack time,you know.Lack of time does not allow me to get indulged in long details.
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• Canada
30 Oct 15
I feel that time is the main reason to opt for the shorter posts since there are so many to read and comment on
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@else34 (13606)
• New Delhi, India
30 Oct 15
@Freelanzer You are right.Here you have to interact and interaction is time consuming.You can ill afford wasting a major part of the time at your disposal in reading,understanding and responding to a particular discussion.
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@cindiowens (3840)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Jan 16
I prefer the short ones, but every once in a while, a longer one will keep my interest til the end.
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• Canada
2 Jan 16
When I don't have much time i tend to go for the short ones. however, if a long one peaks my interest ib the first couple sentences I will finish reading it.
@paigea (22410)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
I like many long posts. If they are interesting I enjoy them
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• Canada
28 Nov 15
I prefer shorter interesting ones but I also enjoy some long interesting ones