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To ask if there’s a case to be made for MNHQ telling people to RTFT

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IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 19:58:38

Hear me out!

More and more lately there seems to be a huge amount of posters who don’t RTFT and who don’t even read the OP’s posts.

This irritates the fuck out of me I won’t lie.

But worse, it happens on sensitive threads.

Just the other day there was a surge of posters who couldn’t be arsed reading a thread about the OP’s childhood abuse.

Today, I’ve read a thread where posters were offering answers to the OP two days after the whole thing had been resolved.

It’s asked on here every now and again why people don’t RTFT and there are always shouts of “it’s too long” or “I’m answering the question asked in the OP”. hmm

Well, if it’s too long to read why post?

And pages and pages after the OP people don’t think there’s the slightest possibility that a thread has moved on??

The whole MNHQ thing stepping in is no doubt ridiculous but ugh, I wish there was a rule where you’re not allowed to post without bloody well reading!!!

To me it seems so disrespectful to the OP.

And the people who announce that they haven’t read it, then plough in anyway as though announcing it has justified it!

I can’t be the only one who thinks this should fucking stop! Can I??

SmileEachDay Wed 03-Apr-19 20:00:24

It’s an Internet forum.

It doesn’t matter.

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:01:35

Ok. 🙄🙄

Princess1066 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:02:26

@IvanaPee

Agree with you

SmileEachDay Wed 03-Apr-19 20:02:36

TWO rolley eyes.

Bit harsh.

slipperywhensparticus Wed 03-Apr-19 20:03:34

They should have a feature where you can read all of the ops replies on the app it just gets too much !

IamEarthymama Wed 03-Apr-19 20:03:51

I usually flip the thread if I can see it's been running for a day or so, or flick through to see the OP's highlighted posts.

I am a goody two shoes obviously 😉😊

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:04:12

I don’t use the app. Are the OP’s posts not green on the app?

AirBiscuit Wed 03-Apr-19 20:04:52

Haven't read the whole thread, but clearly he is being a CF. Just cancel the cheque

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:05:03

I usually flip the thread if I can see it's been running for a day or so, or flick through to see the OP's highlighted posts.

So easy to do so WHY don’t people do it???

And yes, you’re very good! grin

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:05:23

@AirBiscuit 😂

Sparklingbrook Wed 03-Apr-19 20:06:26

I only comment on threads I have read all the way through. If it's too long and I CBA to read it I don't comment because it's all been said most probably.

If people comment without reading the thread they run the risk of looking stupid, but they are probably only posting once on a thread and then going to the next and doing the same so they'll never know. grin

AutumnCrow Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:09

The individual user has to choose to customise their account to show OP's posts in a highlighted colour.

That could become an automatic feature I guess, if MNHQ agreed.

UrsulaPandress Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:38

I agree. I always read the ops posts at least before sticking my two penneth in.

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:42

If people comment without reading the thread they run the risk of looking stupid, but they are probably only posting once on a thread and then going to the next and doing the same so they'll never know

This is probably true! 😡

Sparklingbrook Wed 03-Apr-19 20:08:01

I do think it's funny when people say 'I haven't read the thread but....' as a sort of disclaimer so people don't say 'yeah that's been said about three pages back'.

drspouse Wed 03-Apr-19 20:08:35

It's really easy to set it up to see the OP's posts in a different colour.

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:08:52

The individual user has to choose to customise their account to show OP's posts in a highlighted colour.

Why doesn’t everyone just do that then?! confused

reallybadidea Wed 03-Apr-19 20:09:02

Today, I’ve read a thread where posters were offering answers to the OP two days after the whole thing had been resolved.

This happens all.the.fucking.time. And usually ends up with the same arguments being rehashed between a few new-to-the-thread posters who couldn't be bothered to RTFT.

BeanBag7 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:09:31

I used to read babycentre forums and they have an option to read all the OPs responses, without having to scroll through 20 pages looking for them.

CookPassBabtridge Wed 03-Apr-19 20:10:32

I always read all the OPs posts but it doesn't bother me if people don't RTFT, it's not like it's a group discussion, it's just people adding individual thoughts. Someone reading the thread might still get advice/an idea from a post by someone who hasn't read it.

IvanaPee Wed 03-Apr-19 20:11:19

It’s just so bloody unnecessary!

It baffles me that they come on hundreds of posts in thinking nobody has made the life-altering point they want to make.

*spoiler alert; someone’s already made the point!

Thelineisadottoyou Wed 03-Apr-19 20:12:25

I wish there was a way to just view posts by the OP. I try to read all the OPs posts but when there’s loads of pages I get bored of clicking!

JassyRadlett Wed 03-Apr-19 20:13:03

Why doesn’t everyone just do that then?!

For the same reason they feel the need to spray their terribly important opinions everywhere without checking whether they’re relevant or potentially crushingly inappropriate.

Because they are the centre of the universe and it’s much more important that everyone gets the benefit of their wisdom than actually getting over their laziness/minute attention span to check the OP’s posts.

HollowTalk Wed 03-Apr-19 20:13:13

I think the different colours for the OP's posts should be a default.

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