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How long is too long for a thread ?
5 pages
30%
 30%  [ 7 ]
10 pages
30%
 30%  [ 7 ]
15 pages
13%
 13%  [ 3 ]
20 pages
8%
 8%  [ 2 ]
you must have ADD if you cannot read 20+ pages of posts.
17%
 17%  [ 4 ]
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jesterspet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 4:20 am    Post subject: How long is too long for a thread ? Reply with quote

I have noticed that some threads such as this one are just too long.

I try to read about something as much as possible before asking a question, especially if there is a thread on what I am looking for. And I try not to post redundant questions in a topic. However in the case of ATI radeon Sticky & other similarly long threads, reading 30+ pages of postings is just too much to ask someone to do.

If you need to reference something in one of these threads, You either have to give the URL + page number and approximate location in the list on the page (if you can find it), or paraphrase the posting and hope you get the details correct.

:idea: Personally, I think anything over 10 pages should be allowed to have a "duplicate" thread created ( or a split or something) to continue the discussion and keep the readability of the forum reasonable.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with you that it is hard to extract the one thing you are looking for from a 10p+ thread, but i dont think that it makes much sense to split them. for many people participating in such a thread, it is sort of a slow chat on a topic and i dont believe that the inconvenience of others justifies the inconvenience a split would be for these people.

i would be better imho to implement a page search for threads with more that 10 pages - so that the search not only gives the thread but also the page as a result. but thinking of the implementation problems and the recent problems with server load, this probably wont happen soon.

another thing i could imagine is a forum-netiquette to encourage people to maintain a summary of the thread in the first posting as soon as it gets too long. this works very good in the documentation, tips and tricks forum.
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