How many comments is too many in one thread? April 17, 2002 8:25 AM   Subscribe

Would commenting Fifteen times in one thread be considered breaking the 'chat threshold'? This question was asked before and Matt weighed in three times. Just wondering.
posted by Mack Twain to Etiquette/Policy at 8:25 AM (8 comments total)

Wouldn't posting the same question to MetaTalk twice, when Matt has already answered it, be considered breaking the 'doublepost threshold'?
posted by jpoulos at 8:30 AM on April 17, 2002

To quote iamjacksamnesia: "get a life."

posted by mischief at 9:48 AM on April 17, 2002

please refer here.
posted by chrisroberts at 10:11 AM on April 17, 2002

I don't get it when people whine about someone posting too much in their own thread. if the person who started the thread has something to say, why should they hold back? it's right up there with ragging people for not having their e-mail in their profile.
posted by mcsweetie at 11:32 AM on April 17, 2002

I always believed in the 10% rule, with a couple of exceptions. Your comments should be 10% of total comments, with an error of 2-3%. There's nothing wrong with treating the thread as a conversation, but even in real conversations, you must allow full replies from your counterpart. IMHO, you must allow others to convey their opinions, otherwise, you aren't learning, just telling people what to think.
posted by BlueTrain at 11:44 AM on April 17, 2002

you aren't learning, just telling people what to think

Do you really think an Israel/Palestine thread is about "learning?" It is all about the argument. When I was perusing through that thread, which is rare for me, I stay away from them, it looked to me like tens of comments by three or four people. It's the same argument that has been going on in those threads for a while now. Which is the reason I ignore them.

To quote X, "Both sides are right, but both sides murder. I give up. Why can't they?"
posted by eyeballkid at 12:40 PM on April 17, 2002

Hey eyeballkid, I learn lots in those threads..amid all the contention there are some nuggets. I know more after reading a thread than I did before the thread. Plus the dynamics of the arguments are interesting as well.

Oh and I will never give up learning or trying to understand unless I get distracted by a nose hair picker !
posted by srboisvert at 1:08 PM on April 17, 2002

(a) adnanbwp didn't start the thread, Leonard did; (b) In almost every case adnanbwp is responding to a comment or question another poster directed at him, e.g., "Easy for you to say from a safe distance, Adnan. Weren't you boasting of your equanimity and working alongside Jewish coworkers in another mefi thread just a day or two ago?".
posted by Shadowkeeper at 1:10 PM on April 17, 2002

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