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    How best to answer posts

    What is the best or proper way to answer posts? Do I answer each one individually so that the poster knows I replied or answer all replies thus far by incorporating them all in one post? Do loungers generally come back and read the whole thread or just a reply to their post? Is there a "best practice" in responding to posts? <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> I sure like to make things complicated for myself, don't I? <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>


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    Re: How best to answer posts

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Skitterbug

    I feel <!rule=07>Rule 07<!/rule> covers it nicely. There have been times when a couple of Loungers had a habit of replying to each and every person that responded and it got very tiring even as a normal user ( it must have been hell for the Mods and Admin).

    I normally take it in context to the post and reply to the most topical response, or wait a turn and then reply to the next person,, kind of "leap frogging" as this sometimes helps if the other person makes a good point.
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    Hi Jerry,

    Thanks for the pointer! I did read that Rule a very long time ago but I had forgotten it! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Generally, I have consolidated my replies to one post but I always dither about whom I should reply to so that the others see my post!
    Guess I'll go get my <img src=/S/coffeetime.gif border=0 alt=coffeetime width=32 height=48> and cogitate about it for a bit! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: How best to answer posts

    I also try to consolidate in one post what might normally require two or more. I usually try to name the persons in separate paragraphs to try to make it easier to read.

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    Re: How best to answer posts

    i just want to point out that I generally take longer to check a thread i've posted on if i haven't gotten a lounge email saying someone responded to my post. if you consolidated 2 replies with one diercted towards me, but you didn't actually reply to me, i might not put anymore input in because i would assume without even thinking about it that i haven't been responded to.

    this is all assuming you wanted my input in the first place <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    i know, i know... never assume
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    Yeah, that's a very interesting and valid point, John, and probably my main hesitation when I have occasion to do it. But, like Jezza, I think it gets a bit tiring when going through a thread to read several posts in succession making replies to different people. I usually do it with my fingers crossed that even though many people rely on Lounge email notices, that most people would check the thread anyway just to "keep up" with the topic. In any case, it doesn't really happen all that often.

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    Re: How best to answer posts

    Yes, I did want to hear your opinion! And it is for the reason that you state that I "worry" about how to reply! Some posters don't read the thread clear through to see all the replies and I feel very certain that they can sometimes miss answers to their posts! <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for your input! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: How best to answer posts

    An all-encompassing response to one of many posts is the downfall of my prefered method of reading the lounge (threaded). I take out rubber end darts and throw them at the monitor when I can't find the answer (or question) to what I'm reading!!

    Argh!!

    Seriously though, it's not that big of a deal - I normally read all the posts in the threads I'm interested in anyways.
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    ironic that the situation would come up in the post the concerns the topic <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> so i'll try it out and hopefully skitter sees the reply to her post!

    bigal: it really depends on how active i am in the lounge at any given time anyway. if i'm spending a good amount of time i don't need the replies, its only when i'm not in the lounge that i rely on the email notifications. so maybe 25% of the time, its possible that it could happen - but only a fraction of that 25% does a multiple response post happen anyway for me. So like you said, it doesn't really happen that often.

    skitter: thanks <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    Just for you I'll specifically answer your post! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> One of those darts may make it through and that would hurt - rubber ended or not! <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> Probably the place multiple responses happen most is in Puzzles, Test, or Scuttlebutt. IMHO The more serious threads really would need individual answers most times because of the specific questions that are being asked and answered. I admit though that I have struggled with this problem probably way more than I should! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: How best to answer posts

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I see your answer because I do read the entire thread! I always did when I was on dial-up even though it took time because I was afraid I'd miss something! And now that I am on cable, it is really easy to do! And yes, you are certainly welcome! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    This why my family now PREsumes wether it applies or not <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How best to answer posts

    FWIW - I like consolidating responses if they make sense, as long as the post does not get to long. Then I like to break them up in reasonable, readable lengths <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>as defined by whom - personal choice <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    If the post was important, I may post a quick message to that person referring to the post with detailed answer (they are small, fast loading and easily ignored by others). I tend to do this only if there HAVE been a lot of posts and I need to respond to several people. I may leave out certain people receiving individual posts who I would know read EVERY post. The exception would be an acknowledgement for the answers to my problems.
    (Loungers for example would be Big AL, Hans, etc).

    On other boards (like this one), with private e-mail can be sent, I will send an e-mail with the post reference and make sure the people are referenced in the e-mail (as suggested by Big Al earlier).
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