Why do WP veterans write such huge posts?

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EzraS
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04 Mar 2014, 3:44 am

I can understand a newbie writing a giant post, but I do not get why WP veterans do this.
It is like the title of the post is something like "Loud sounds annoy me"
And then the post is eight large paragraphs long.
To be honest it seems kinda inconsiderate and selfish.
It's like this person thinks I have nothing better to do on WP than plod my way through their huge post,
that I would actually really like to read if it was as short as it could be.
I could add another 10,000 words to this, but I'm sure you get what I mean.



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04 Mar 2014, 3:53 am

EzraS wrote:
I can understand a newbie writing a giant post, but I do not get why WP veterans do this.
It is like the title of the post is something like "Loud sounds annoy me"
And then the post is eight large paragraphs long.
To be honest it seems inconsiderate and selfish.
It's like this person thinks I have nothing better to on WP do than plod my way through their huge post,
that I would actually really like to read if it was as short as it should be.
I could add another 10,000 words to this, but I'm sure you get what I mean.


I like how the bolded line relates to your topic. :P

Personally I wouldn't consider it to be selfish, as they probably don't expect you to read it, though I do think that they shouldn't be expecting an amazing amount of replies (or very thorough ones at least) to a wall of text 8 paragraphs long. I'm guilty of both things - writing huge posts and not reading them. I've managed to keep most of mine shorter in recent times though.


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04 Mar 2014, 3:55 am

I don't like to read long posts either.
By the time I get to the end of the post, I have forgoten the beginning of the post and the title of the thread.



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04 Mar 2014, 4:00 am

Marybird wrote:
I don't like to read long posts either.
By the time I get to the end of the post, I have forgoten the beginning of the post and the title of the thread.


Exactly, it's not just the length, it is trying to sort all of it.
Am temped to just reply to all of them, "Unnecessarily long, can't read :("



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04 Mar 2014, 4:07 am

Yes this is definitely something I have noticed as well.



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04 Mar 2014, 4:08 am

If I expect a discussion I usually only post one or two sentences. If I'm asking for advice or venting I post a wall of text.


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04 Mar 2014, 4:11 am

I wont begrudge them their verbosity. I figure that if they went through all the trouble they did to compose their thoughts for those lengths, that I have to at least try to hear them out. I won't do this for every post but for certain ones that seem sad.



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04 Mar 2014, 4:15 am

EzraS wrote:
I can understand a newbie writing a giant post, but I do not get why WP veterans do this.
It is like the title of the post is something like "Loud sounds annoy me"
And then the post is eight large paragraphs long.
To be honest it seems kinda inconsiderate and selfish.
It's like this person thinks I have nothing better to do on WP than plod my way through their huge post,
that I would actually really like to read if it was as short as it could be.
I could add another 10,000 words to this, but I'm sure you get what I mean.


I think I actually just wrote a post like what you described. To be fair though, it was a rant, and it ja just seemed to "flow" out of me... there's no better way to describe it. When I feel very strongly about something and the urge to write hits me, my keyboard becomes an extension of my mind, a conduit through which I expose my thoughts.



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04 Mar 2014, 4:33 am

I have the problem, that I am not a verbal thinker. I had big problems mentioning my thoughts in a way, that made others able to understand me, until I learned of writing essays in grammar class.

Before that, I simply always picked out parts of my thoughts, but because of the huge amount of related thoughts missing, people could not understand why I was mentioning, what I was actually mentioning.

When learning to write essays you learn to start with grasping the concept of your thoughts, get that in an introduction, then to order the related thoughts to one another, so that others are able to follow, what you are talking about.

I am jealous about people being able to point straight out, what they are thinking, but I cant. For me having a thought is a giant ball of related topics, that I then need to get in an linear and verbal way. As well that I am verbally partly disabled. So writing and reading is the way of communication for me, that is for me as easy, as is talking for others.

On the other side, I have often problems to understand the meaning of that small post. So someone is writing something, but not explaining, why is he writing that, so it makes no sense.

As example I do not understand, why you automatically think of that as selfish. You are a free person, and if reading is complicated for you, or if reading to long articles, causes you not to be able to memorize anymore, what the post was about in the beginning, I dont blame you. Everyone of us, has its problems, and thats the way it is, and we need to accept that.

But the way I accept your probs, I´d expect you as well to accept mine and not get into bad NT-habbits as blaming everyone, that does something, that seems weird for you.



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04 Mar 2014, 5:03 am

Am also thinking this must be a hardship on the moderators to have to wade through overly long posts.



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04 Mar 2014, 5:20 am

You don't have to read them.

I don't have a problem reading everything if I'm interested in the topic.

And if I'm not then I won't read anything at all.

So it's not really an issue. I either read everything or nothing and the length of the posts means nothing whatsoever.

It's certainly not inconsiderate and selfish, or if they are then this topic is just as inconsiderate and selfish for implying that people just trying to communicate in the way they think is necessary are inconsiderate and selfish.

Op, do you have issues irl with people not being interested in what you say? Because it almost seems like you're passing that on to other people by posting this thread.

I do hope that nobody changes their posting style because of this selfish and inconsiderate thread.

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Could it just be that at 13 your reading speed just isn't up to a decent level yet and the posts seem a lot longer to you than they do to most other people though? Not so much the problem of long posts as your perception of what constitutes a long post?



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04 Mar 2014, 5:25 am

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04 Mar 2014, 5:36 am

EzraS wrote:
I can understand a newbie writing a giant post, but I do not get why WP veterans do this.
It is like the title of the post is something like "Loud sounds annoy me"
And then the post is eight large paragraphs long.
To be honest it seems kinda inconsiderate and selfish.
It's like this person thinks I have nothing better to do on WP than plod my way through their huge post,
that I would actually really like to read if it was as short as it could be.
I could add another 10,000 words to this, but I'm sure you get what I mean.



I myself don't write long posts (generally) as I am aware now many of you also have ADHD and honestly cant cope with long blogs.



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04 Mar 2014, 5:55 am

I don't know, I suppose some people just like to write.

Personally I cannot read long winded posts because I am not a good reader. But I do try to read them.

I usually get as far as the first sentence and then I'm just overwhelmed by it all.

I always try and keep mine short.


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04 Mar 2014, 5:57 am

Because they have a lot to say, must include every minuscule detail and once they get started they can't stop. At different parts of the day and with different levels of focus and motivation I can either write very little or a lot.

Right now I'm only capable of writing a little bit. But I could get an idea in my head and be going for five or six paragraphs.

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I don't think it's selfish to write such a long post. Some people just can't control how much they write and to be honest they are probably thinking about all those things at once so it's better they write it all out. That's why I write blog posts. They also seem to be very articulate and so I enjoy reading their posts sometimes especially if I end up mimicking their style.

I used to find it impossible to not include so many details but over the years I have vigorously trained myself to just write every line as a sum up of all my thoughts. My teachers gave me a lot of grief about how I never got to the point or could write a brief summary when I was in school.


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