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G-3PO
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Icon 9 posted March 26, 2003 13:04      Profile for G-3PO     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Why is it I find a topic I find interesting, and post, only to find, over the next several days, that either....

a) My post is the last one...I kill the thread.....
b) Nobody pays attention to/ makes reference to my post

please be honest....do you not like my ideas? Think I am boring....I sometimes just find a topic interesting enough to come out of my lurking lair and post.....only to find the above listed A and B. Not to bitch or anything.

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 13:21      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I would complain to coffee geek about that. You seem to have picked up his Thread Killer Mojo (tm). [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 15:26      Profile for G-3PO     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Damn. So its contagious?

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Icon 10 posted March 26, 2003 15:30      Profile for Noldoaran     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yea, so now PB has it too...wait so do I...

Now, this thread is going to end here with my post unheaded!!! [Frown] ahh!!

edit: I didn't catch part (a)!!

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Icon 10 posted March 26, 2003 16:02      Profile for ZorroTheFox   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
wuhahahaha, now I am the last one, but for how long?.....Z
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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 16:36      Profile for SpikeSpiegel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
not for long zorro [Razz]
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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 19:24            Edit/Delete Post 
G-3PO - as far as b is concerned, that is something that I have observed with many of my own posts - not all of them, but enough to make me wonder wtf I post for sometimes, as though I don't exist. I know someone else who is in a similiar position, too. I have been in a, too, sometimes, I think.

I don't know the answer - maybe he and I are too dry, and too serious? The board has become ever increasingly inane and full of irrelevant, pointless posts since when I joined, and maybe serious posts are just not interesting any longer? I suppose you have to ask: what are we all here for? Are we here for similar enough reasons that we can go about interactions in a compatible manner? I don't think I'm in the right place being here, but until I find anywhere better, I may as well stay, be of some use now and then with serious replies.


Having said that, I have to take into account the fact that a forum doesn't work the same way as real-time communication - people will read posts, and simply not have anything to say in reply. We could all post a smiley or one-word comment in reply, but that would get out of hand very quicky.

You would assume that you'd at least get some kind of response, but it seems like you get worse luck than everyone else.

- uilleann

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 20:11      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hmm, being that other person uilleann mentioned, I have found this to be rather true of my posts, and I tend to think a good 90% of them go unnoticed :-/. However, I seemed to have bucked that trend a little lately, but for the most part, it seems like my posts are a little too dry, serious, and typographically correct to be interesting to anyone.

Questions/comments, or shall I bring about the end of this thread as well. BTW, G-3PO, I'm pretty sure I've killed many more threads than you have [Smile] .

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 21:17      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
G-3P0, the thread-killer karma will pass on to someone else in a few days. At least, that's my experience.
As for no one paying attention, that too shall pass.
I really don't know if anyone pays attention to me. I don't notice. After TAing freshman chemistry I've gotten used to being ignored.

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2003 22:52      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
ui, dMan...and anyone else who is (or isn't?) reading this...

I assure you that there are many of your posts that I have read, that have provoked thought, and that, yet, I havn't replied to. The lack of reply usually comes to one of two reasons:

1) Lack of a response - I simply don't have anything insiteful, thought provoking, or even witty to say.

2) Too much response - I have an intricitely detailed response, but it would take volumes to explain it the way I want to explain it, and I simply am too lazy to type it all out (or I think that it'd be so long and would bore everyone).

Granted, there are a few posters that I almost search out... a few shining stars (whom I have already given like stars to) who's posts always are a true joy to read because of the insitefulness, or the forthought or the imagination put into them. Coffee_geek and Oz, The Wizard of, this means you... But, rest assured, I really do enjoy all the posts I read here, understand, though, it's just impossible for every post to have a reply... some just don't.

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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2003 09:39      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ever heard of the Usenet Nod?

quote:
Often the most carefully researched and composed posts will receive few, and possibly no, replies. This is due to "Usenet Nod Syndrome" where others will read your post, absorb it, agree with it, nod there heads in a knowing fashion, and move on to the next article. Of course no way you can tell that the head-nodding is happening!

On the other hand, a less well composed post may receive more replies as others seek to understand what the poster meant. This doesn't mean you should write posts badly in order to ensure follow-ups. Rather recognise the success of a well-written post that requires no elaboration - this has contributed more to the group.

(Quoted from the first correct google result.)
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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2003 09:50      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
uilleann, dman, I know the reason I tend not to reply to your posts is that many of them are technical, and I don't understand most of the technical stuff. For all my geekiness, it is not computers that earned me that title. In your other posts, the serious ones, I just don't have anything to add, or else I am trying to do two things at once so trying to completely absorb and understand everything you are saying and compose some form of reply is too much for me at that moment.

I will try to reply to you guys, but if I forget just remember that it's not because we don't love you. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2003 14:26      Profile for G-3PO     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ah...basking in the glory of a full ten replies...I feel loved... [Big Grin]

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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2003 18:14            Edit/Delete Post 
G-3PO: heh.

Well, it depends if you can tolerate silence or not. Moreover, if you can tolerate ambiguity. If the protocol of forums was that a silence equates to everyone being satisfied with a post, then it would be easy - no reply? you must have done a good job of the post.

This is obviously not true, though - silence is ambiguous, and not everyone can tolerate ambiguity; I can't. Particularly, silences in AIM or private IRC chats. I have sat for an hour or two thinking that someone was AFK, and they had merely not replied to an IM, and were just sat there. Silence can be fine, but ambiguity is not (unless you are psychic like dman is). In an environment where communication takes place, I don't want to be sat left with a bunch of questions - where are they? did they read it? what did they think? is there actually life out there?

It's all about the clues and signs that real-life interaction provides, that is not available on a forum (people can make up for it in AIM/IRC if they actually bothered).

PB: While I must have made plenty of non-computer-related posts, it does seem like I am in the wrong place. Partly, it's the price you pay for running Mac OS 9 - social isolation. I'd have a more social time if I rebooted into Linux, but its bugs and crap software would drive me commit suicide before too long. For better interaction, there is always IRC, but I don't have much in common with anyone there either.


It's funny - I finally e-mailed a guy w.r.t his website the other day (I can't usually be bothered); this is a site that's not changed for about three years, and I hinted at this. The bitterness that he felt about people's silence was so familiar to me - I wonder how many other dead sites are in that state because of that problem? It's like a stage performer with a sound-proof sheet of silvered glass across the front of the stage - while they can see him or her, he or she cannot tell if there is an audience, and if they exist, are they watching, and are they enjoying it? It's like all that exists beyond your site is an empty void.


G-3PO: there's more to it all than just forum posts, but I doubt that any of it will ever change - those who are happy to post to silence, or write websites to empty voids, will continue to do so, and as for the rest, they will probably vanish. I'm probably somewhere in the middle - not given up hope, but just bitter.


- uilleann

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Icon 3 posted March 28, 2003 15:03      Profile for Fixerbob     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have snuffed a couple in my time.
Just some geeks fancy methinks.

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Icon 1 posted March 28, 2003 15:37      Profile for Oz, the Wizard of   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It's chaotic and intermittent. Sometimes I'll be the last poster, other times not, sometimes my threads and comments will be refrenced, sometimes they won't. It comes and goes.

(watch this be the last post [Roll Eyes] )

-Oz

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Icon 1 posted March 29, 2003 08:43      Profile for G-3PO     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Awww, I won't let that happen to you. [Big Grin]

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