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Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:21 PM
This is NOT targetted at any thread in particular. I've just often wondered why it happens. Someone will ask a very particular question on EB - one that has a yes/no type answer. For example - "Does daylight saving start in Victoria today?" Someone else will come along and answer "yes". OP may or may not then say "thanks". Then along come 10 more people to reply with exactly the same answer.
Is it just because people don't read threads all the way through - just the original post? Or is it because they want people to know that they know the answer too? (If that makes sense).
It baffles me!
Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:34 PM
I don't understand it either. It would be different if the first reply said 'I think so, but not 100% sure', but to respond when the OP should have the answer is a little weird. There are many times when I don't respond to a post simply because the question has been answered.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:34 PM
What if the first respondent was wrong and it isn't daylight savings today
Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:36 PM
I guess that's why half the time I won't reply to a thread if the question has already been answered. Don't see the point in repeating the answer.
Not sure why people do this though
Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:58 PM
Maybe to get their post count up.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 06:04 PM
To tell the truth, I don't often see the straight yes/no questions. If I do, the very non-debatable ones get answered then go off the front page very quickly. The ones I've seen that hang around most posters tend to add something new, whether it's a differing angle on the same (eg) yes answer, a personal anecdote or even a "no that's wrong, it's actually this". Usually this only happens if the first posters are unsure.
Anyway, just trying to get my post count up so off I go to post some more .
Q: Why do I want to get my post count up? Seriously, I've heard people say this but what are the actual benefits?
Posted 13 November 2006 - 06:31 PM
Depends, is it a factual thing? e.g, is this blue or red, and other have posted correctly then I won't bother. If it is an opinion thing, e.g. is this more purple or red? then I might weigh in with my opinion even if others have given the same opinion to help convince the OP that I and other like thinkers are right!
Posted 13 November 2006 - 06:41 PM
Haha I often think the same thing, unless it's something posters are not 100% sure of and others come in to back them up sort of thing.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:50 PM
I think it may depend on the context of the question. I assume that some topics are requiring the reassurance of multiple answers. I have on occasion not read through all responses to certain threads and posted my response, but that's only if the thread is pages long and I just want to quickly offer my response.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:54 PM
LOL I don't think I've EVER seen a thread on EB with 10 consecutive replies that were in agreeance!
Posted 13 November 2006 - 08:02 PM
Post count means nothing at all.
Perhaps those who reply to the OP without addressing everyone else's posts simply aren't interested in wading through all the one upmanship crap that goes on here sometimes.
Maybe they just want to offer their opinion on whatever question was asked?
But hey that's just my opinion of course
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