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Hi, Neighbor! 07-11-2018 05:02 PM

Being the last poster of a thread and then it dies
 
Have you ever stumbled upon a thread that was like five pages long with lots of recent activity, then you decide to chime in, and then the thread just dies? And you think, "Uh, was it something I said?" And no one speaks in the thread ever again.

Doesn't that leave you with a weird feeling? It does to me.

Anyways, just wanted to share this. It's happened to me and I always wondered what everyone else thought about that. Or if it's something people think about at all.

Deep down it makes me feel sad. Like, I didn't do enough to keep things going. Oh well.

*sighs*

burpo the wonder mutt 07-11-2018 05:15 PM

Doesn't bother me; usually the conversation has run its course by the time I get there (an hour or two later), so I just make a comment of some sort and move on. Some perverse part of me enjoys it: "Look, Martha, I've killed another one!" Then I stamp the side of my computer--like WWII fighter planes in some old flick--and see what other mischief I can get into.

mikecurtis 07-11-2018 05:21 PM

Dammit burpo, if no one answered this thread it would've really blown her mind!

mc

burpo the wonder mutt 07-11-2018 05:24 PM

Dammit, indeed! I'm a bad mutt. :o

Beckdawrek 07-11-2018 05:25 PM

Ah, well. I have chimed in now. It can die.:)

naita 07-11-2018 05:53 PM

I think someone should come up with a term for people who kills threads just by posting to them. Maybe "Thread killer"?[/deadpan]

PastTense 07-11-2018 05:58 PM

OP: you have the wrong attitude. Instead realize that your post was the definitive statement that no one could possibly disagree with.

Newtosite 07-11-2018 06:21 PM

I'm guilty of killing several threads. :confused:

Hari Seldon 07-11-2018 06:22 PM

I'll try to kill this one. Do not reply.

Hi, Neighbor! 07-11-2018 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hari Seldon (Post 21079364)
I'll try to kill this one. Do not reply.

Step aside. I want the honor.

running coach 07-11-2018 07:01 PM

I have killed thousands of threads with a single word.

:D

snowthx 07-11-2018 07:01 PM

IT WAS YOU!?!?

Yeah, I kinda get the same feeling, like I am a johnny-come-lately to the party. I dread having my username be the last one appearing in the Forum view for that thread. It will be there forever.

snowthx 07-11-2018 07:05 PM

Dammit. Someone else post!!!

Gatopescado 07-11-2018 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burpo the wonder mutt (Post 21079206)
Dammit, indeed! I'm a bad mutt. :o

I've got a rolled-up newspaper with your name on it, burp.

Dallas Jones 07-11-2018 08:04 PM

I've killed more threads than Cecil B. DeMille

Beckdawrek 07-11-2018 08:07 PM

The pulse is getting thread-y. Adrenalin STAT!

blondebear 07-11-2018 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by running coach (Post 21079454)
I have killed thousands of threads with a single word.

:D

Word

manson1972 07-11-2018 08:31 PM

I like to think that its because my post was so profound, no further posts are necessary.

cochrane 07-11-2018 08:44 PM

Until I come along.

erysichthon 07-11-2018 08:57 PM

This has happened to me quite a bit. I think it's because I don't spend a lot of time here (not as much as some of you, anyway), and by the time I notice a thread it has usually run its course.

Gee, I hope somebody adds a post after this one.

UltraVires 07-11-2018 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PastTense (Post 21079297)
OP: you have the wrong attitude. Instead realize that your post was the definitive statement that no one could possibly disagree with.

Not only unable to disagree with, but your point was made so perfectly that it needed no further comment or explanation. :)

Colibri 07-12-2018 12:07 AM

Back in the early days of the board, a term was actually coined for this.

Molosters = MOst Last pOSTERS

It originated in Post #7 of Thread killers

mikecurtis 07-12-2018 12:14 AM

once again proof that there is either an MB thread or a SD column about everything!

mc

SlackerInc 07-12-2018 12:34 AM

Ha, I couldn’t swear this has happened to me but I feel like it probably has.

Grrr! 07-12-2018 04:45 AM

I don't take it personally, I do get disappointed sometimes though.

Mainly because, if I'm jumping in late to a thread, it's because I have a point to make that hasn't already been brought up. Which is rare when the thread is more than two pages long.

Lucas Jackson 07-12-2018 09:53 AM

Iíve killed my fair share and, yes, it bothers me a bit.

I think this thread will be interesting in that it will probably never die and thus will offset the OPís angst.

aurora maire 07-12-2018 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucas Jackson (Post 21080414)
Iíve killed my fair share and, yes, it bothers me a bit.

I think this thread will be interesting in that it will probably never die and thus will offset the OPís angst.

Well I want in then. It will be nice to contribute to a thread and not see my name in the Last Post column the rest of the day. (There's one there now.)

Fundisi 07-12-2018 10:21 AM

Maybe it'll die if this unknown lurker posts in the thread...

Cardigan 07-12-2018 10:29 AM

The only time it bothers me is when it's a thread that I started...and I'm the only poster.

Gatopescado 07-12-2018 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cardigan (Post 21080482)
The only time it bothers me is when it's a thread that I started...and I'm the only poster.

Been there, done that. Often. :o

Just Asking Questions 07-12-2018 12:21 PM

A similar but somehow even more depressing case is when I kill a thread, but it seems it was only "mostly dead". Someone two weeks later comes along and revives it, which is bad enough, but then they ignore my last post! And then it gets new life, but no one discusses my comment.

Regallag_The_Axe 07-12-2018 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gatopescado (Post 21080672)
Been there, done that. Often. :o

Yeah, I've learned not to post new threads late at night when no one is around to see them.

Fear the Turtle 07-12-2018 01:25 PM

This seems to happen to me quite a bit, so I went into my CP and did some poking around (as a (mostly) lurker this wasn't too daunting of a task). I had about 580 subscribed threads - meaning I posted in them - and I counted 40 where I had the last post (about 7%). My "favorite" was a thread asking about Motherboard advice - I was first and last as nobody responded (learned my lesson about posting after work on a Friday).

Quimby 07-12-2018 02:52 PM

I have done this enough that I also have considered starting a thread about it. When it happens I end up saying to myself, "I AM THREAD KILLER!" like a Spartan warrior.

manson1972 07-12-2018 03:12 PM

Last!

(sorry Quimby)

bonzer 07-12-2018 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Colibri (Post 21079890)
It originated in Post #7 of Thread killers

Another old thread - this one from 2004 - on the subject, with lots of statistics.

Personally memorable in that it revealed that I was one of the most effective threadkillers of that era.

K2500 07-12-2018 11:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by naita (Post 21079286)
I think someone should come up with a term for people who kills threads just by posting to them. Maybe "Thread killer"?[/deadpan]

Seams like "stitch" would be a tailor made term for such a thing.

It's probably me again :(

dba Fred 07-13-2018 04:36 AM

Doperkins (singing & dancing)
Ding dong, the thread is dead!
Which old thread,
this old thread!
Ding dong, the wicked thread is dead!

begbert2 07-13-2018 12:54 PM

It looks like I may have killed this thread about abortion - I wasn't the last post, but I appear to have struck the killing blow. My feelings on the matter are mixed - I don't like to see a debate I'm in die, but if it has to die it's best that it ends with me doing a mike drop.

Lucas Jackson 07-13-2018 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fear the Turtle (Post 21080926)
I was first and last as nobody responded (learned my lesson about posting after work on a Friday).

Hmm, you would think the weekend would be a prime time for dopers who donít have access at work.

AskNott 07-13-2018 05:30 PM

Often, I don't even dive into a thread with 4 or 5 pages, because whatever I hoped to add was already done by somebody else. There are exceptions, if I'm really interested in it, or it looks amusing.

Ruken 07-13-2018 09:08 PM

I usually completely forget I've posted in a thread after I post.

I'm sure I've killed threads, I just haven't noticed.

PoppaSan 07-13-2018 09:36 PM

But not this one.

kunilou 07-13-2018 10:41 PM

Sorry I'm late to this thread. Y'all can stop now.

Ellecram 07-15-2018 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hi, Neighbor! (Post 21079144)
Have you ever stumbled upon a thread that was like five pages long with lots of recent activity, then you decide to chime in, and then the thread just dies? And you think, "Uh, was it something I said?" And no one speaks in the thread ever again.

Doesn't that leave you with a weird feeling? It does to me.

Anyways, just wanted to share this. It's happened to me and I always wondered what everyone else thought about that. Or if it's something people think about at all.

Deep down it makes me feel sad. Like, I didn't do enough to keep things going. Oh well.

*sighs*

I think that happens to me all the time.

Ignotus 07-15-2018 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ellecram (Post 21087594)
I think that happens to me all the time.

Not today.

septimus 07-16-2018 11:06 AM

This seems to happen to me a lot, so I did some data mining just now. Looking at all non-Sticky threads from GQ, GD, Elections, Cafe Society, Game Room, IMHO, Mundane, and Pit which were last bumped between June 16 and June 30, Dopers with five or more kills are:
9 by ftg
9 by Chronos
8 by Elendil's Heir
7 by Leo Bloom
6 by Nava
6 by MrDibble
6 by DSYoungEsq
6 by Beckdawrek
5 by lingyi
5 by Telemark
5 by Northern Piper
5 by Colibri
I was pleased to note that I had only 3 kills during that interval. The list is of course unfair to Mods who are credited with a Kill when they close a thread.

Serenata67 07-16-2018 11:58 AM

I feel like this happens to me a lot. Maybe I'm not the LAST one, but I'll say something I think is relevant or witty, and there's only one or two more comments... nada...

Serenata67 07-17-2018 08:45 AM

And I killed this one, too...

Weisshund 07-17-2018 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Serenata67 (Post 21090581)
And I killed this one, too...

No, i did


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