Depends. If it is taking place between two equally idiotic or uninformed types, yes.
If it is a great sparring, laced with humor, wit, and subtle and not so subtle sardonic verve, I like to follow along for the laughs and stimulation.
When it becomes banter that has nothing to do with the topic, it’s annoying. Those of you who do this, should make use of the private messages feature of the site. Perhaps we should loudly yell, “Get a room!” when that starts. Getting back on topic is sometimes difficult. GBOT, anyone?
Yes and no. Sometimes, I’m still interested in the discussion, but am too busy to thoughtfully engage, so I keep up. Once I realize I won’t reply again, then I will leave it. Occasionally, the sparring itself is entertaining enough to follow for a while longer.
Sometimes. Even more quickly, though, when it’s a forth-and-forth-and-forth among only one person who posts repeatedly.
Some of the TJBM and other game-style polling threads would be much more interesting if some overeager people would wait a little in between posts instead of riding the thread and posting every second response.
I used to unfollow posts fairly early on. Since some jellies get quite heated in their back and forth exchanges, however, I stick around a bit longer now to moderate.
It’s not my cup of tea to keep reading unless it feels as though a thread is productive or, at the very least, informative. Sometimes these types of exchanges devolve into repetitive arguments that cease progress.
When someone says that something bothers them and then somebody else turns right around and deliberately does that thing, whatever it is, I always think that second person must be somebody’s little brother.
Yes, that is what I usually do. Whether it’s an argument or it just becomes “chatty” I tend to unfollow at that point. And of course I’ve been on the other side of that and I wouldn’t blame others for unfollowing :)
I stop paying attention when a thread is overly-moderated. Then I feel like I’ve been listening at the keyhole and missed too many important points. I don’t know what’s already been said, or where would be a good place to jump in again.