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Old 10-19-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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How do you read the forum?

My preferred method, since I mostly lurk all sub topics and scan thread headlines for something of interest is to logon and just click "New Posts" - sometimes, after a few days or especially after the weekend, there can be 13-15 pages. I'll scroll through and open new tabs to read later, then "mark all read" and continue on. Also, my emails from subscribed threads typically prompt a visit or 2 or 3 (depending on how busy I am at work) during the day. Each time I read the new post for that thread and then check the whole site for new posts quickly, and repeat the tab process.

I'm wondering how other people prefer to read?


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Old 10-19-2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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that's pretty much my method for any forum i read. i do have subscription emails turned off though.


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Old 10-19-2009, 10:53 AM   #3
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I read Todays post on this forum
Some larger forums that's impossible as its 20+ pages for todays posts & even more for new posts
I don't subscribe to any threads
I also have it set to display newer posts 1st
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:19 AM   #4
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I'm pretty new to this site, I found it while looking for anecdotal info on push-connect fittings for plumbing. I enjoy the format and the back-and-forth that goes on. I usually check new messages, but sometimes I search specifics to get ideas for solving problems or to research different products, etc... I keep some subscriptions on, usually to see if I've stirred up any trouble
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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I skim the latest active threads. I always read electrical. And anything else that catches my attention.
If I could only remember to THINK about what I was doing before I did it.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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It was a long time before I realized that most forums have a "most recent posts" feature. A lot of forums have their categories front and center and the recent posts at the bottom if on the front page at all.

I generally use the "most recent posts" method on smaller forums, but on larger forums I generally cherry-pick topics I want to follow. It's too hard to keep up with everything.


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