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to not post on threads where the op is ridiculously long, for that reason only?

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Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:44:23

I am always terribly impressed (or sometimes a bit mystified) to see people kindly replying to pages and pages of ramble.

I am sure most op's could be written in full, no drip-feeding, in a couple of hundred words confused.

Trills Sun 30-Jun-13 21:12:05

It is never unreasonable to choose not to participate in a thread.

Even if you would have the absolute best advice, that nobody else could offer, it's not your sacred duty to respond.

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 30-Jun-13 21:09:31

Have googled TLDR - Too Long, Didn't Read. (Was wondering myself)

Justforlaughs Sun 30-Jun-13 20:56:51

I do try to read some long OPs but often just get lost and then give up. I can't see the point in posting "I can't be arsed" etc. Just comment on threads you want to. I tend not to comment on anything with more than 3 pages of posts when I start. I really can't be bothered trawling through them all, and I don't like commenting unless I know what has been said.

Nottalotta Sun 30-Jun-13 20:51:12

What is tldr? I often don't reply to very long posts byt only really because they sometimes worry me (the mental health aspect) and i don't feel 'qualified' to reply.

OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 18:08:23

yes, some threads offer lots of support. But i would advise people who are looking for support rather than advice to post on a thread that is more about support than advice.

thegreylady Sun 30-Jun-13 17:59:55

Sometimes someone is desperate for someone to listen but there is no-one there in rl.So they pour out all their anger,pain or stress and want to share it with some-one anyone who won't turn away.Sometimes those outpourings are very long and those are often the ones which contain the loudest cry for help.I could not ignore such a post.All you need to say is "I am here,tell me about it".

pollywollydoodle Sun 30-Jun-13 17:58:39

i'm afraid that if it is too long+/not broken up i usually click's too much to take in

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 30-Jun-13 17:50:59

Can't say I've ever noticed a long OP about something very small.
<lives charmed life>

OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 17:37:13

But this is supposed to be a chat forum is it not? Small problems are more chat worthy than massively obvious YABU or YANBU.

usualsuspect Sun 30-Jun-13 17:36:05

I feel like posting TL;DR

But I don't because it's not nice grin

Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 17:35:07

I understand, but lots of incredibly long ops are about very small problems.

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 30-Jun-13 17:32:58

"I am sure most op's could be written in full, no drip-feeding, in a couple of hundred words"
They probably could, if the OP were not writing whilst upset, enraged, confused, under pressure, stressed, etc. When you're in the middle of a complicated and upsetting dilemma, anyone who can still think/write straight probably doesn't need to come on to MN to ask for help/comments/debate.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sun 30-Jun-13 17:21:01

The latest novel like OP is written by a troubled mind. I agree that on the whole, less is more opening post wise.

Tee2072 Sun 30-Jun-13 17:21:01


or we could add a TLDR summary

TL;DR - my DH is a twat, let's all say he is a twat etc

Tee2072 Sun 30-Jun-13 17:18:19

I never read very long OPs. Sum it up, people. If you can't say it in, say, 5 sentences, don't say it at all.

Then they'd get accused of drip feeding later, though.

OPs just can't win with me.


exoticfruits Sun 30-Jun-13 17:14:12

I must admit that I click straight off if it is too long. However, I think the one you are thinking of had real problems so I hoped someone helped.

OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 17:12:09

All the hashtags annoy me. #longop #shortop #kindreply #aibu

Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 17:06:30

Hmm, think Twitter is a bit drastic!

OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 17:01:06

Maybe it could be limited like twitter.

Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:57:02

I agree with you moaning, but sometimes I have to sit on hands to stop myself from c&p'ing and subbing them down. Its a sort of reflex from years of working in publishing.

I agree. I think it's much more polite to not answer rather than post - CBA to read all that, sorry. or PARAGRAPHS, please people!

Mintyy Sun 30-Jun-13 16:53:33


OwlinaTree Sun 30-Jun-13 16:52:52

Equally sometimes there's not much to say to a very short op, as there is not enough information to make a comment.

TheSurgeonsMate Sun 30-Jun-13 16:50:28

YANBU not to post on threads you don't want to post on but I don't take anything from that about what length an OP should be.

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