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Do you read really really long answers?

Asked by Modern_Classic (583points) November 2nd, 2007

There’s a couple of humongous postings in the question “Is Global Warming a Myth” one of which runs on for over 2000 words. Does anyone read these answers or just skip over them?

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Mangus's avatar

I don’t. The posts you are specifically referring to are argument bait. It’s not a constructive mode of discourse, in my opinion. In general, I stop myself and re-approach things if I find myself writing long answers, or spending too much time working in my platform or identity into the answers. And I stop reading when I realize an answer is doing either of those things.

kevbo's avatar

Yes, although some could be shorter.

glial's avatar

Not usually.

gailcalled's avatar

“If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.”

Mark Twain

“No” to question.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

No, not really. Sometimes, after skimming the first couple sentences, I’ll continue reading if I find it particularly interesting.

gailcalled's avatar

Some of the really long and preachy screeds sound as tho they had been prepared long before the author inserted the question as “argument bait” (Mangus, good terse description).

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ketoneus's avatar

No. These verbose and often politically and religiously driven diatribes make me question my future participation in fluther.

klaas4's avatar

Well, I do. It’s nice to read long answers, because they contain a lot of info to play around with…

tekn0lust's avatar

If the question is on subject matter that interestes me then of course. But I do agree with the community that some are a little too fluffy.

kevbo's avatar

I also read half the question before I start answering. I didn’t read the global warming stuff, because I already feel sufficiently informed. I do read longer answers elsewhere.

bob's avatar

Sometimes; it depends on the answer.

sharpwriter's avatar

If the question warrants a long answer, then I’ll read a long answer. If the question should be easily answered and I’m met with more than 3 or 4 sentences…then I skip it.

mirza's avatar

for the most part no – but i do read all of Hossman‘s answers which tend to be really long for the most part

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Depends if its a topic i care about or not. If i do care ill read it, if i don’t ill skim and if i find interest from there ill read on. People took the time to write all of that for a reason.

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