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  1. SubscriberKewpie
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    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is followed.

    I dislike threads which become nastiness contests between the same few posters, endlessly rehashing their inadequately-prepared abusive arguments. I'd rather see these in other places/forums. The General Forum really should be for fun, not fights.

    Originality should be expected from posters. Even a five-year-old can google stuff like quotes and sayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

    Anyone care to comment?
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    26 Jan '16 09:19
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is foll ...[text shortened]... ayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

    Anyone care to comment?
    I agree with everything here I think.
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    26 Jan '16 09:581 edit
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK...
    Sometimes it might be shorter if it's an announcement type thing with a few follow up questions or comments. I think - as a broad rule of thumb - if a thread reaches a second or third page and draws in three or four posters, I think it can hold its head up high. As with many things, I think quality trumps quantity - and the quality assessment will vary from poster to poster.
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    26 Jan '16 10:03
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is foll ...[text shortened]... ayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

    Anyone care to comment?
    Yep.
    The problem with multipage posts is it is difficult for new contributors to jump in.
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    26 Jan '16 17:31
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?
    a forum thread is quite lengthy,
    just how long, cannot be measured...
    you might consider it "finished",
    when the whole thing becomes absurd...

    a forum thread is exceedingly short,
    she can barely see the chessboard...
    most are moderated swiftly,
    because of pouting and discord...

    a forum thread is obscure,
    intelligent, ignorant, and bawdy...
    it's fun and amusing most times,
    especially if the ladies get lusty...
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    26 Jan '16 19:54
    Originally posted by FMF
    I agree with everything here I think.
    Of course you do. As if you weren't part of this problem.
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    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Of course you do. As if you weren't part of this problem.
    Like that old song, She was only a printer's daughter but he didn't like her type.
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    26 Jan '16 20:37
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is foll ...[text shortened]... ayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

    Anyone care to comment?
    Yea, me too.
  10. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    26 Jan '16 22:29
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is followe ...[text shortened]... nd sayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

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    Timely thread, Kewpie. Thanks.
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    26 Jan '16 22:37
    definitely not me two, however, i'll offer a third opinion . . . the length should be just like a parking meter
  12. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    26 Jan '16 23:201 edit
    Originally posted by coquette
    definitely not me two, however, i'll offer a third opinion . . . the length should be just like a parking meter
    ... as when time remaining on the thread's metaphorical "parking meter" has expired.
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    29 Jan '16 15:37
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    How long is a forum thread, and what is the optimum length?

    My personal feeling is that anything that makes it to at least 1 page (15 posts) is OK, so long as it isn't just a monotonous series of "me-too" posts. I'm not a fan of lists, and the one long thread I ever created does require a small amount of original thought by each poster if the rule is foll ...[text shortened]... ayings, we don't need it here filling up monotonous multiple threads.

    Anyone care to comment?
    It depends on the thread I think.

    Some threads are well finished with few Posts. This is typically the case in the help Forum. In the Site Ideas it is a bit different if People are discussing. In a well behaved discussion we end with threads with Posts in the small dozens.

    boring Repetition is found in the debates threads. Thye tend to be (much too) long, without much menaing. Especially if old foes meet.

    Some Quotation threads are okay. Word association threads are not my favourites.

    All in all: some threads should stop after few Posts. Some Warrant dozens. Seldom hundreds re in order.
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    Originally posted by Ponderable
    It depends on the thread I think.

    Some threads are well finished with few Posts. This is typically the case in the help Forum. In the Site Ideas it is a bit different if People are discussing. In a well behaved discussion we end with threads with Posts in the small dozens.

    boring Repetition is found in the debates threads. Thye tend to be (much too) ...[text shortened]... all: some threads should stop after few Posts. Some Warrant dozens. Seldom hundreds re in order.
    Threads deserving of longitude are usually resurrected by your good self.

    🙂
  15. Standard memberSeitse
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    And the ones not deserving it are resurrected by the hypocrite extraordinaire.
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