What makes you respond to a particular thread?

  • cityguy39

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    Mar 05, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    I really curious why some threads are more popular then others. Any ideasicon_question.gif

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    Mar 05, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    Ah, you mean threads like this? icon_wink.gif

    Being the spontaneous person that I am, I find myself replying to the funnies the most... followed by replying after the response of the person I am stalking (regardless if the particular thread is interesting or not! HA!) So that maybe, maybe, he can notice me and I can put on my 'flirty' hat. LOL!

    And on a more serious note, if I know I can help someone from my own experiences (mostly mistakes), then that's enough motivation for me to share some stuff to spare that person of the bad sh!!!te.

    "That's all."
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    Mar 05, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    The ability to contribute, hence my lacking presence in the fitness forums.

    Better to listen than to speak (or to read than to write).
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    Mar 05, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    Depends. Sometimes it's a topic that sounds intriguing to me. Sometimes it's a thread that sounds silly (or has gone silly over the course of time), and appeals to my silly side. Sometimes it's a topic that appeals to my rarer serious side. Sometimes it's a thread that people I enjoy reading and responding to are posting in. And sometimes, every now and then, I just can't help myself.
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    Mar 05, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    zdrew78 said And sometimes, every now and then, I just can't help myself.


    Or make that "most of the the time". icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    zimatar said[quote][cite]zdrew78 said[/cite] And sometimes, every now and then, I just can't help myself.


    Or make that "most of the the time". icon_razz.gif[/quote]

    Sigh...does it surprise you, Zimmy, that I was once called a pugnacious twit? icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    1. I have a story to tell.

    2. I feel I can add a different perspective.

    3. When mature people post immature drivel.

    4. A DiverScience post. :-)
  • jarhead5536

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said1. I have a story to tell.

    2. I feel I can add a different perspective.

    3. When mature people post immature drivel.

    4. A DiverScience post. :-)


    What Rugger said, also to see what outrageous thing chuckystud will say...
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    Mar 05, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    I post when I have something to contribute or when I want to say thanks for some piece of information that was provided.

    Sometimes it's because I think I have something funny to say but alas I'm usually the only one that thinks it's funny. Which is why I stick to my day job. icon_cry.gif

  • mcwclewis

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    If something strikes my interest Ill respond... I usually dont look at threads with over 100 replies if I haventbeen keeping up on it all along.
  • auryn

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    1. Interest

    2. Familiarity with the topic

    3. Boredom

    4. The desire to reply to what someone else has posted with the intent to add to a point or share a different perspective (however slight it may be). Rarely do I respond with the intent to refute a claim (it seems some live for that) but it happens.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    ::blinks::

    Why are my ears burning?
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    Mar 05, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    The title usually gets me to click on it; if it's something new or of interest too me. But I won't respond if the body of the thread doesn't make sense.

    That, and it's good for different people to share their honest opinions, learn from a post, or share some feelings once in a while. Of course there are some post where you either feel you want to argue the night away, or you just ignore because someone is just picking a fight; those are easy to find, and even harder to ignore.

    But basically for me, it's all about communicating with other people. It's not perfect, or kind, but it's fun and intellectually stimulating.
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    Mar 05, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said1. I have a story to tell.
    2. I feel I can add a different perspective.
    3. When mature people post immature drivel.
    4. A DiverScience post. :-)


    I'd agree with all of this (you could include many names under #4) but also add that I try to model some good ways of talking about things in a way that's not inflammatory, but gets the point across. There are too many times that posters forget that there are other intelligent people here (even if guys post cro-magnum type comments) and post things to piss others off.

    I would also say that I post things that I think might give other guys a better understanding of where I am in life, and if others are in the same boat, might be more likely to send me a message. (Just being honest here!)

    Also, I tend *not* to post if it's something that I don't think adds to the conversation. The "guy above you" threads have been getting a bit over the top, IMHO. Also, I have enough stress in my life without getting into heated arguments on line.
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    Mar 05, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    Some people just like throwing their own 2 cents down on topics that interest them. It's not a crime but if it was everyone would be guilty....some more then others.

    As for me, I enjoy seeing what I can get out of certain topics and out of certain people. I dare say that I sometimes instigate certain things to get a response from certain people. Also because I use them as a means of advertising myself for others to see and to view guys to see if there's a common ground. That's as honest as I choose to get without intentionally ruining the thread. I'll let someone else do that (and I know someone will after my post.) LOL.
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    Mar 05, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    I generally look on the thread to see how many of the guys who post I would have a chance of hooking up with...then I divide that number by how many hairs I have left on top of my head and multiply by fish. icon_question.gif

    Honestly though, I usually reply to a thread if it catches my attention with the topic and general discussion. Also if it get silly.....I like silly. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey saidI generally look on the thread to see how many of the guys who post I would have a chance of hooking up with...then I divide that number by how many hairs I have left on top of my head and multiply by fish. icon_question.gif


    YOU GO SISTAH!!!

    zdrew78 saidSigh...does it surprise you, Zimmy, that I was once called a pugnacious twit? icon_razz.gif


    Ooooh that's deep... what does that mean?
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    Mar 05, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    To see if there's any way to score a cheap joke.
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    Mar 05, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    OK that's reason #5 for me.
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    Mar 05, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    If it is a social or moral issue...I will respond.
    As of late some of these threads borders on the ridiculous, the mundane, OH! AND THE INSANE!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    Guilty as charged.
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    Mar 05, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    1) interesting title
    2) hot guy was last to respond
    3) ongoing forum wars are cheaper than going to the movies
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    Mar 05, 2008 10:04 PM GMT
    If it deals with fitness, I'm in.
  • cityguy39

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    Mar 05, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    I have really been struck by the popularity of the "Guy above you threads". What makes them so popular?

    Doug
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    Mar 05, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    A perfect avenue for some flirting/bonding session, don't you agree? Like an "icebreaker" of sort. xx