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    Does it matter?

    I get my new edition of the digest around 6:30 am. I try to keep my dogs quiet until after I quickly look at what has been posted, but most often I have to wait until the barn chores are done and my dogs are napping to read the news and browse through the beautiful pictures. When I see something that truly inspires me to comment, most often I find that there are already 2 or more pages of comments. When I find that there are more than 4 pages of responsed I close the post and don't add my opinion. So, I was wondering, does it matter to you how many people respond to something you have posted or is it more gratifying to find that oodles of people have been moved to respond? Regardless, I will continue to read every thread created, I enjoy reading everyones comments and learn so much from all the advice.

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    I read all the comments on about 90% of the posts. If its something I've posted I will read all of the comments, I feel committed to read each one since I started the thread. If its pics I don't read the comments until I've posted, I don't want to be influenced to change my reaction or thoughts.
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    You do realize that the digest is not the most recent threads created, but a random listing chosen by some automated program?
    Who knows what the algorithm is that selects them?

    So by the time you get the digest, yes, the threads might have been on the board for a day already (if not more).
    Not to mention ALL the threads that aren't on the digest.
    I've never understood its appeal.

    If you access the board via this link, all the threads in each category are listed in most recent order started.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/sitemap/

    When you click on a thread, the title on the list should change color, marking it as "read" so you'll always know which ones you've already accessed.

    You can get to the main board, if you want, but those threads are presented based on the most recent post.

    I think most people that view the board via the above link use it not just to be early or first posters (although it appears that way, myself included), but because it's the most efficient way to view the majority of content on the board.

    If a thread is of interest, you can comment or subscribe to it it you want to follow the conversation.
    But if you open it up and it's of no interest, you never have to see if again, as it will just make it's way to the bottom of the page.

    I don't start threads, so I can't respond to that.
    If I did, of course, I'd read every post.

    As for commenting, if it hasn't already been said 400 times, I'll comment.
    If I love a quilt picture and it's already up to 10 of comments, I'll still comment.
    But if I decided to comment on a thread, I ALWAYS read ALL the existing posts first.












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    I agree with Joyce about reading all responses to my threads, but sometimes just don't have the energy to go through pages of posts on everything. I also am influenced not to post if there are already many, many responses, especially if others have already said what I would have said.
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    What a good question. If you look at the number of replies and the number of views it is evident the many look and don't write anything. If you read all of the comments on multiple pages, you notice that some are not reading all the replies before they add to the post. When I have come to the board for advice, I have always received several very specific helpful suggestions, and I am grateful that someone took the time to help me solve a problem. When I post pictures of a finished project, I appreciate the replies that let me know that someone really looked at my work and commented on the style, detail, color, etc. or asks a question about the pattern or fabric. It is my experience that even if I ask a question on the 9th page of replies, I will get an answer from the person who posted. So I know it matters because they returned to the page to check on the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I read all the comments on about 90% of the posts. If its something I've posted I will read all of the comments, I feel committed to read each one since I started the thread. If its pics I don't read the comments until I've posted, I don't want to be influenced to change my reaction or thoughts.
    gee, joyce, i could have written this it's just the way i read the board, too.
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    People are posting 24 hours a day all over the world. I usually only post if there are no more than 2 pages of postings. And I usually only read the first page of postings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Fire Chief View Post
    I get my new edition of the digest around 6:30 am...
    i just wanted to comment that if you rely solely on the digest, you are missing a lot of content of the board. it's just a very small portion which lists the most popular posts. i read from the archives at the bottom of the page so i don't miss any of the posts. sounds like, though, that you are a very busy person and maybe that's all you have time for.
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    If I start a thread, I will read each and every response. If I am checking out the pictures section, I always post my comment and if it is something that I would like to make, I will read the comments to see if the OP has posted information about the pattern, technique, fabric etc. before I PM them to ask for the information. If it is a thread about a topic that I am interested in, I will read all of the responses. If the thread is about a technique that I want to do or I have questions about I will read all the responses to hopefully glean some helpful information.
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    I pick and choose which posts to read.... and I go to the Main and the Vintage spots and pretty much ignore the others. I find that if I have a lot to do, I don't check out as many posts. And, I'd probably get a lot more quilts finished if I didn't spend as much time on QB. So, I hope I don't come off as a snob because I don't comment on 'everything' but some topics are just more interesting to my likes and dislikes than others. I love this board and the fact that people will come back quickly to answer your questions and comment on your posts. We live in pretty desolate spots and I don't get to quilt with friends, etc. So, I learn a lot and get a lot of satisfaction from you all. Thanks

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    I have found that the number of posts will influence my choosing to look at a picture that I would not look at because of the title - let's say "log cabin quilt". I would not normally click on a picture of a log cabin quilt - just not my favorite. But, if there are 5 pages of comments, that will indicate that maybe this log cabin quilt is spectacular and I will then click on it. Have been really surprised a few times at posts that I would have missed if the page count was not so high.
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    This was a great question, thanks for asking it, and thanks for the responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Fire Chief View Post
    ... So, I was wondering, does it matter to you how many people respond to something you have posted or is it more gratifying to find that oodles of people have been moved to respond? Regardless, I will continue to read every thread created, I enjoy reading everyones comments and learn so much from all the advice.
    I for one, really appreciate each and every comment on my posts, and try to answer any questions that have been asked either on the thread if I think others may be interested, or with a PM if the question or answer is only specific to that person. Part of the reason I post my work is to share knowledge and ideas with others here, and it is very gratifying to me when I am able to help others. I am also very appreciative of advice/suggestions others here give to me!

    I take the time to read responses on others' post before I comment. That way if a question has been asked and answered already I'll see it and can comment appropriately. That being said, if I see a post that doesn't grab my attention/interested, I just close it and move on to the next. I know I miss some posts, but like to try to keep up with as much as I can.
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    Like MTS, I use the archive to view threads. If it is a posting of a completed quilt and I have a comment I will always post it even if there are pages of comments already. If someone is asking a question I will read thru all the current posts and if I have something new to offer I will comment. I turned off all the mail notifications from the board, so every few days I'll go to the list of my posts and revisit the ones I was most interested in to see if something new has been added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Fire Chief View Post
    I get my new edition of the digest around 6:30 am. I try to keep my dogs quiet until after I quickly look at what has been posted, but most often I have to wait until the barn chores are done and my dogs are napping to read the news and browse through the beautiful pictures. When I see something that truly inspires me to comment, most often I find that there are already 2 or more pages of comments. When I find that there are more than 4 pages of responsed I close the post and don't add my opinion. So, I was wondering, does it matter to you how many people respond to something you have posted or is it more gratifying to find that oodles of people have been moved to respond? Regardless, I will continue to read every thread created, I enjoy reading everyones comments and learn so much from all the advice.
    I think you are overlooking WHY some threads make the digest. The most replied to are mentioned, so there will be lots of replies. Go ahead and post your remarks, be they identical to others or a different slant.
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    It doesn't matter to me how many people comment but on the quality and content of the comments.

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    That is what I do too. I go straight to the bottom of the page and access everything through the archive. I like that it is constantly updated and turns purple after I have read it. This is my first thing in the morning pleasure as a drink a cup of coffee, enjoy posts and often read all the comments, especially if it is something I want to learn too. If I post, I will return for several days, so I can respond to any questions posted. This is my favorite site, well over any blogs or news I have subscribed to.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i just wanted to comment that if you rely solely on the digest, you are missing a lot of content of the board. it's just a very small portion which lists the most popular posts. i read from the archives at the bottom of the page so i don't miss any of the posts. sounds like, though, that you are a very busy person and maybe that's all you have time for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    As for commenting, if it hasn't already been said 400 times, I'll comment.

    If I love a quilt picture and it's already up to 10 of comments, I'll still comment.

    But if I decided to comment on a thread, I ALWAYS read ALL the existing posts first.
    Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

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    I don't get the digest form but go to Main and read the different threads. I don't understand though...does that mean I see all the threads or just some of them?

    I always read every answer on a thread before I comment, but now I understand why sometimes I get a question that I have already answered on threads I have started. I never thought of skipping to the end to add a comment. Duh. Now it makes sense.

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    I wish I had time to read every page of every thread...but I don't, and like others, will usually just read the first few pages. I will comment if I think I have something that I can add to the thread, but usually don't repeat the same comments everyone else has read. If it is a thread I started, I would read every comment, no matter how many pages, and reply back if it seems it would be helpful. If it is a thread that I have commented on, and wanted more information, I will sometimes go back and look at it another time and see what else has been added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    I don't get the digest form but go to Main and read the different threads. I don't understand though...does that mean I see all the threads or just some of them?
    The thing about reading from the Home Main page on the QB is that you have to wade through all the threads that you've already read, and already decided you weren't interested in.
    And you might miss the one really relevant one (to you) that perhaps didn't get a lot of posts (so it will just drop off).
    It could be on page 4 - so you'll probably never see it.

    Viewing from the QB Forum home page just lists, by section, the threads with the most recent posts.
    So if someone posts to a thread that's been dormant for 2 years, it is no at the top of the Main page.

    Realistically, there are ~15 new posts on a given day in a forum.
    So even if you don't see it right away, but view it hours later, your post will probably on the first or second page, because the majority is viewing through the home page OR reading via the digest.
    Which means they don't even know the thread exists.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    I always read every answer on a thread before I comment, but now I understand why sometimes I get a question that I have already answered on threads I have started. I never thought of skipping to the end to add a comment. Duh. Now it makes sense.Dina
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    I'm on the board every day,
    I read through all of the new topics, but only react if I'm all wiped out by a quilt or technique.
    Not because I'm not interested in the rest of them but simply because it takes me a lot of time because I have to translate first.
    Not seldom I have to consult a dictionary (like right now) and that takes time.....a lot of time.
    But I do love the quiltingboard and the way you people are always in to help others......Thanks for that
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    If I start a thread with a question, or show pictures, I read all the posts. If someone else posts a picture, I read the first page, unless I am going to ask a question. If I am going to say "great job", then I post without reading. If I am going to ask further questions about the pattern, technique, etc. I read all the pages before posting.

    I mainly only read the forums titled "Main" and "Pictures".

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    I don't think I know how to find the archive. When I go in, I usually click on "What's New" to see recent stuff. Now I'm curious about the archive option.
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    I read over the Resource page and then go to the Archive at the bottom of page and see what is new in all catagories. I look at most of the pictures and most times comment. I read most of every comment and I get furious at the ones that ask a question that has already been answered. Some are obviously just skipping around. I have a lot of postings but, I spend spare time at work looking and commenting. In the evenings I sometimes don't turn computer on. I usually start at the last one I have read and go up. Sometimes I start at top and go down. I get furious at the ones who post something and never post to say how something turned out. Several are very bad about this.
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