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To not want to read threads that are just one long post

(21 Posts)
WholeNutt Sun 16-Feb-14 16:09:44

Paragraphs people! This may sound awful however, when I open a new thread if it's just one continuous piece of writing I ditch it.

Don't folk know it's so much easier to read if you paragraph your essays?

Joysmum Sun 16-Feb-14 16:12:05

I agree. I read for a but if it seems serious and a situation I feel I have personal experience on. Otherwise, I skip it.

CoffeeTea103 Sun 16-Feb-14 16:12:31

Yanbu, I also just don't bother reading after a few lines.

Pagwatch Sun 16-Feb-14 16:13:43

Then just don't read it.

No thread is compulsory. The op will probably rub along without your opinion.

WhoNickedMyName Sun 16-Feb-14 16:14:28


If I don't see more than one paragraph on my iPhone screen when using the app I don't bother reading, I just hit the back button.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 16-Feb-14 16:14:59

YANBU, I don't read them.

RatUpADrainpipe Sun 16-Feb-14 16:15:28

Yep - there's been a couple lately that I just could NOT read because it all blurred into itself an they were looooooooooong. I don't bother and am surprised that some people do.

I stop reading posts that say 'would of' and 'could of' as well (it gives me the rage) angry

Mintyy Sun 16-Feb-14 16:16:31

I rarely read any long posts, paragraphs or not. I skip past all the long ones within a thread too.


Pagwatch Sun 16-Feb-14 16:19:08

I don't read anything that has more than about 40 responses.

That's how I missed so many threads people quote when they are trying to prove they are long standing members

NearTheWindmill Sun 16-Feb-14 16:31:41

If a paragraph is required it should be there. If it isn't it shouldn't. Some paragraphs are long by virtue of the fact that a new paragraph isn't needed after every few sentences. It is needed when there is change in substance.

cees Sun 16-Feb-14 17:01:26

Couldn't agree more

Suzannewithaplan Sun 16-Feb-14 17:03:03

If the poster cant be bothered to split the post into manageable chunks it just looks impenetrable and I wont read it.

Same goes for long blow by blow 'he said she said' accounts, it just becomes an unreadable dirge

DrankSangriaInThePark Sun 16-Feb-14 17:06:28


I feel the same about missing commas.

<whistles innocently, whilst quoting the Law of Sod> wink

Pigletin Sun 16-Feb-14 17:11:14

I feel the same about missing commas

Yup, same for missing fullstops or grammar which is so bad I can barely understand what the OP is saying. Just because it's a forum, it doesn't mean you should abandon all writing and grammar rules.

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Sun 16-Feb-14 17:21:09

Unfortunately, many people do not know grammar or punctuation. Even those who do may get it wrong.

The other day I read a post which included "would have (or of, grammar?)". Made me feel a little sad that a person actually had the correct grammar, but was so surrounded by poor grammar that she doubted herself.

Now txt spk [fingernails on blackboard]

expatinscotland Sun 16-Feb-14 17:27:01

I skip them. Sorry, but I just glaze over.

sadbodyblue Sun 16-Feb-14 17:27:13

grammar no couldn't give a crap as long as it makes enough sense to understand. paragraphs yes unless the post is desperate or sad and then wouldn't want to ignore for that reason.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 16-Feb-14 17:35:26

I dislike posters who use the word 'people' as you have, OP. Also ones who post about other people's grammar/spelling/post construction. Who cares what you or anybody else thinks of it?

What Pagwatch said, 'popped up a little'... if your poor eyes/brain can't manage to decipher a post then really, don't bother. There will be others who can and will.

Suzannewithaplan Sun 16-Feb-14 18:06:07

I wonder why some people don't see the need to put paragraphs in their posts?

Perhaps non paragraph users are people who don't have a problem with reading large unbroken blocks of text?

CorusKate Sun 16-Feb-14 18:59:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sun 16-Feb-14 20:06:17

Perhaps some people don't use paragraphs because when they started their post they were unaware it was going to be analysed and dissected by the MN examining board for acceptable use of English...

Quite amusing that there is at least one mistake in almost all of the posts from people criticising others on this thread. All of which I'd consider more serious "mistakes" than not using paragraphs correctly.

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