How long should it be before someone can start a new discussion on your subject?

United States
May 13, 2007 10:03pm CST
I realize that many subjects are going to be talked about over and over, but is there a reasonable time for a discussion to be posted before someone else posts one like it, without the second poster being a cheater?? That is a long, convoluted sentence I know, but I hope you all understand what I mean. How carefully do we need to check about subjects we post on? And what ways are there to do this? Thanks all.
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@patgalca (15905)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 May 07
I understand perfectly what you mean. A question like "What book are you reading now?" can become dated as people finish reading books and start other ones. However, when the same question is asked by five different posters in the same week, well, needless to say I don't answer them all. That would not be right. I would be earning money by giving the same response over again which is kind of against the guidelines. But how many times does someone have to ask whether you are pro-abortion (for example). That question doesn't change, nor do most people's opinions. I can't imagine how many different discussions there are on this subject. Unless of course there is a specific incident referred to and opinions asked. This is why I find it so hard to find discussions to answer to. They either don't interest me, are silly questions, or I've already answered the question before and am really tired of seeing it. People need to do a search of discussions before they post a new one. They can tell from what they find how old the posts are and whether the question is worth exploring again.
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• United States
14 May 07
Thank you, yes, you do understand what I was asking. What prompted my asking was someone started a discussion of a subject I started a week ago. I did respond to the new discussion, nicely I hope. My original discussion didn't get many responces and I am going to try and see if this one does better.
@cipher2004 (1183)
• United States
14 May 07
I have started discussions and posted them.Then realized that others already have posted just about the same thing.I don't check before I post.So if I do this I don't mean it.I don't really think there should be a reasonable time.What I don't like is when you see the very same discussion posted by 2 differant people and the wording is about the same.That is wrong for stealing an idea.
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• United States
14 May 07
You are right. I think I too have posted before checking things out. And I think that part about the wording is the important test. Thank you.