Is it just me? or has anyone else seen a huge chunk of text in a post and just skip over it?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to put anyone down, I wish I had the ability to write like some people here.
I wonder if anyone else spends a couple of minutes just to write one paragraph (like I sometimes do) on this forum so they don’t look dumb lol
Most of the big long wall texts are things than can be said easily with few words. If its a compelling topic I’ll give it a read depending on the first paragraph. If it’s about some personal issue or something boring like that… TLDR
I agree with Anon, it really depends on the topic. Sometimes what’s said in those lengthy posts is really interesting, and sometimes it’s not. Usually they could all be condensed, but this is the internet, and I don’t think too many of us heavily edit our posts before putting them up here.
Dont judge. I spend a lot of time on very few words most of the time. I also cut my blocks down as much as I can. So, if its long, I probably spent nearly an hour fucking figuring that shit out so I could bring it to you guys. Yes, I dont want to look dumb, but there is a greater purpose to it: to experience a mescegenation of, not only race, but culture on both an intellectual and intuitive level. Because of this, I am completely willing to type about the things most complicated and confusing to me. I will look dumb if I have to in order to grow, and if that means slamming out huge blocks about personal experience, then so be it. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, this thread has absolutely no depth to it at all! Its a trivial opinion that is too abstract and context-sensitive to even hold relevance to truth or growth. Let them walls down you sobs, and try not giving a fuck whether you look smart, or whether others are smart enough for you to drag your analytical eyes over their text.
@Aaron: I can’t speak for the others who have been commenting here, but I’m not judging. I just find some topics more interesting or relevant than others. However, I do realize that most everyone who posts long blocs of text has spent a lot of time thinking about the issue and put a lot of effort into producing that text. Besides, who am I to judge what others say? I know I typically look like an idiot on here regardless if I type up something that’s one sentence or one page. And you’re right, this thread doesn’t have any real depth to it, but I don’t think it was meant to. Not everything of value has to go so deep, and not everything so shallow is pointless.
@Megan I really like your last sentence, but it confuses me for some reason. I like it when people point out that Im an idiot, in fact, I count on it. I like the feeling of moving on from things, and the internet has always been a useful tool to me in this respect.
I think, though, that this mentality of immediate gratification might push more relevant threads to the back-burner while more trivial threads survive because of the perpetuation of silly ego-drama. However its painted, I just cannot see the value in immediate gratification. Yes, many things are simple and should be left that way, but I find that delayed gratification is still a tool that should be more utilized in the process of growing in the manner we at HE claim to pursue.
@Aaron; Agreed, one should never fear being regarded as ‘dumb’ in their pursuit of knowledge. Personally I wouldn’t worry about such things, everyone is here to learn and grow.
Sometimes longer posts can seem overly extraneous, other times their content is worthwhile. Depends on the person posting. Nothing wrong with being concise, though.
The key with longer posts is to use paragraphs, or else it’s an eye sore. Depending on the nature of the post, an explanation might need to be expanded upon in several paragraphs, or what needs to be said can be conveyed in a single sentence. However, the size of the post shouldn’t bias your perception of its validity!
I don’t really see the issue here. If it’s too long for you to read, don’t read it! And yes, sometimes things could be more concise, but this is a forum that I think is all about voicing your opinions and not censoring your thoughts.
The last thing I’d want is for someone to feel insecure about the length of a post, and not post it for fear of looking dumb or ‘too wordy’.
I agree with Kate. Well, at least I learned what tl;dr means. I make a whole *lotta* grammar mistakes and I usually try to correct them, but sometimes I don’t care or just don’t know how to. And why should I? Am I going to win a prize for the perfect human being ? Nope.
It’s because of the self-absorption when people write their thoughts. There are some really good essays. And there are… well… That’s the beauty of HE. There are all kinds of personalities and somehow people pretend that they can stand me. It’s easy to get distracted by some thought. Not a big deal. :)
Now for example, I’ve learned that gif files work on HE. Oh, shit. What have I done! This gif is when someone realizes that they said something stupid. :)
definitely an effect of the internet age. Everyone wants quick, easy information. Digging is bad. Spoon fed is good!
I think it is basically required by my brain to do this. I got so abused as a student, being forced to read long, retarded texts, that I just learned to skim like a mad man and pull out everything of value quickly. I think it goes without saying that, unless taking extreme care while typing, some of the people who use HE are probably long-winded in general.
Sometimes I feel like I need to type a lot, but that all of what i typed isn’t necessary to understand what I was trying to convey. I don’t find it the least bit rude or wasteful to skim or skip.