Why it pays to READ THE DISCUSSION

By JJ
@JolietJake (36158)
May 7, 2016 11:20am CST
Some people, evidently, only read titles. Titles can sometimes have a play on words. So a discussion may not be what you think it is from reading just the title. There may be a bit of misdirection there just to see who is paying attention, and who gets their panties in a wad over nothing. Reminds me of people who will take one sentence out of dozens, and use that one sentence out of context to claim that it means something else entirely. Or maybe they just are severely lacking in a sense of humor. Or maybe they just like to whine about some people. I don't know...but there is a reason you need to real all of a discussion, and not just the title before making an erroneous assumption about what is really being said. Sometimes, it may seem something else is being said...until you get to the very last sentence. Sometimes, you can even see what it really is from the first sentence. If you have any sense...
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@LadyDuck (108587)
• Switzerland
7 May 16
I have seen people changing the meaning of their posts at the end just to check if the others were really reading their posts. I notice that most of the time people read the title and at most the first sentence. Some only read the last paragraph.
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@marguicha (76104)
• Chile
7 May 16
I remember that once Patsie Hatley was very disturbed after someone wrote an answer ABSOLUTLY out of context to one of her posts. And to add to your post, not all of us know how to write a good title that will do honors to the post. So, let´s read it all.
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
I've seen other users (besides myself) that have waited until the very last sentence, and used it to throw an entirely different meaning to what was written...but some people just can't seem to get it.
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@CoralLevang (34168)
• United States
7 May 16
@JolietJake I feel the same way about humor. I love satire. At another site, I wrote several satirical pieces, and I had the site owner whose name shall not be mentioned, that other people will not understand what I'm trying to do and it will make him look bad. So, I put in the titles satire in parentheses. I don't think he liked me very much
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
@CoralLevang I hate having to say when something that is satire is satire...it takes away from it...it is like when you have to say "This is sarcasm" before you write something, even when it is dripping with sarcasm and people should see it as such
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@pgntwo (19588)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 May 16
I don't understand what this post has to do with the price of eggs... Have I misread it? Oh. Right.
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
$1.67 for 18 extra large...dammit, I knew I forgot something
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@CoralLevang (34168)
• United States
7 May 16
@JolietJake that's cheap! I wish I could find eggs for that little money
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@pgntwo (19588)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 May 16
@CoralLevang They're even cheaper by the dozen...
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@CoralLevang (34168)
• United States
7 May 16
You are making a big assumption that some people have any sense!
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
If I assumed they did, I wouldn't have to write this
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@CoralLevang (34168)
• United States
7 May 16
@JolietJake and some people will never get it no matter how you explain it to them.
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
7 May 16
There are a few horses who are members.
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
7 May 16
There are some very good writers whose titles scare me silly at times but when I get to the bottom of the post the story was not anything like I thought it would be. A certain lady who hasn't been starting many discussions recently is the undisputed master of this. You are very good at it too so especially when a title shocks me I will read the whole discussion to make sure I don't miss the good ones. I also read all the comments. There is nothing more boring than to find that more than one person has come to the same conclusion and made the exact same comment on a discussion. It's kind of like listening to a lecture and when the question and answer part starts the first person will give the answer and when the second person is called on instead of expanding on that answer or coming at it from a different angle they just repeat what the first person has said. It makes me think weren't they listening?
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
Yeah, but you and I both came from an era when reading everything was required by the guidelines...
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@savak03 (6690)
• United States
7 May 16
@JolietJake This is true but even then a lot of members didn't even read the guidelines which is why you had to quote them so many times.
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
@savak03 And why I still have to
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@destry (2439)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
7 May 16
I noticed what you are on about too . . . Bad vibes and all that. . . Some people are too sensitive.
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
Some people just like to complain about other people.
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@CoralLevang (34168)
• United States
7 May 16
@JolietJake oh, stop complaining about people who complain too much! You know, some people will just complain to hear themselves complain, but I'm not complaining about those people, because they probably have already blocked me by now! Maybe I should complain about people blocking me without telling me ahead of time that they're going to block me? Or maybe I forgot to read the whole article? I really don't know. Is this the meaning of life discussion?
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@andriaperry (25294)
• Anniston, Alabama
7 May 16
@JolietJake Wait and let me turn my back, there now talk about me behind my back :)
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@teamfreak16 (31815)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 May 16
I do sometimes answer the title anyway, even if it has nothing to do with the actual discussion.
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@JohnRoberts (34045)
• Los Angeles, California
7 May 16
I have read a post and gone "offtrack" in a response because something in that post triggered a specific thought not having to do with the post's point.
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• Auckland, New Zealand
8 May 16
@JohnRoberts yeah,it gives you asperation sometimes triggered by the title instead of the discussion
• United States
7 May 16
So true that it's important to read the whole discussion. The other day I wrote a post about being dyslexic (or so my title suggested) but I got off topic and found my post was about something else entirely but didn't think to go back and change my title
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
I've used titles before that are misleading just to see who read it and who responded just to the title, and there are a LOT of people that just go by the title.
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@boiboing (12533)
• Northampton, England
7 May 16
I've had some classics. I posted about seeing a guy who looked like Robert de Niro and half my comments were from people who hadn't read the post and thought I really did meet RdN.
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• Rochester, New York
8 May 16
lol The "Marry for money not love" guy who worked in the airport! I read it. :)
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@boiboing (12533)
• Northampton, England
8 May 16
@LisaSteinmetz seriously why would anybody think it was the real de Niro?
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• Rochester, New York
9 May 16
@boiboing I don't know lol and you mentioned in the article that it wasn't the real one.
@Jessicalynnt (48172)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 May 16
I have a bad habit. I am a skimmer, lol. now and then that gets me into trouble
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• Rochester, New York
8 May 16
I skim sometimes if the post is jumbled or makes very little sense. I try to make something out of it. lol
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 May 16
@LisaSteinmetz I am speed reader, so I skim everything without even consciously realizing it. Have to stop and force myself to slow down now and then
@Yh1001 (566)
• Singapore
7 May 16
I agree! Sometimes people just cannot express themselves fully in a title of a few words!
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
Actually, myLot will allow up to 200 characters for a discussion title, but it makes it a bit unwieldy
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@Yh1001 (566)
• Singapore
8 May 16
@JolietJake Long title reduces attention I guess!
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
7 May 16
Okay, I read all of it... and to prove, it has the words "all" and "really" in bold And before I forget all of it, there is also one instance of and one instance of
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
EGADS!!! You read the whole thing!
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@inertia4 (26286)
• United States
7 May 16
I have to agree with you on this. If no one ever read the post itself, they would never know what it is about. I always read the posts, there is no other way to really respond to it if you don't. Great post here.
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@Lucky15 (33308)
• Philippines
7 May 16
I have made some fall into my tricky title. why i do that is to make some get into..why i come up with the title..but unfortunately
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@DWDavis (11218)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
8 May 16
Your post puts me in mind of the song "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack. The song was allegedly about Don McLean. I'm not sure why.
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@JolietJake (36158)
8 May 16
It's partially explained why here, I guess parts of it are based on a poem someone wrote about seeing him perform
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search "Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 197
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@DWDavis (11218)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
8 May 16
@JolietJake That clears up a few things. I always thought it was Roberta Flack who'd heard McLean and either wrote or helped write the song.
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@rusty2rusty (6751)
• Defiance, Ohio
8 May 16
Oh I have had people yell at me by reading a title and not actually read the discussion. As I used a title that would draw attention.
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@JolietJake (36158)
8 May 16
The title should be an eye-catcher, that's the whole purpose of it, but some people just don't get it for some reason
@Daljinder (19268)
• India
7 May 16
Blimey! I thought I would get PAID by just reading the discussion. I was misled.......
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
Should I attach the leash somewhere else?
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7 May 16
A title describes the discussion so one should take acre of their title..
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@JolietJake (36158)
7 May 16
But a title does not always describe the discussion...at times, it shouldn't.
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• Raurkela, India
8 May 16
I think you love mysteries. Fine I will always read your entire discussion and respond.
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@Chellezhere (1091)
• United States
8 May 16
Yes, the titles can definitely be deceiving, and language barriers can throw people off too.
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