SDMB reading style

This was inspired by the anal-retentive thread in which Dirty Devil said:

I’m fairly new here and when I started reading, it was in MPSIMS, then I moved to GD and The Pit. Other boards were browsed after that. Now I find that is the order that I have to read the threads in. I’ve also grown fond of the “Next newest thread” link. Anyone else have a particular reading style? Perhaps a style streamlined for efficiency?

“I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.”

-Æschylus. 525-456 B. C.

Back in the Early Times (when there were fewer than 500 posters, registered or otherwise) and only four Fora (Master’s Voice, Try It Here, GQ, and the Pit), I used to enter each one in turn, scroll to the oldest one I had not read, and simply work my way up to the top using “next newest”.

I have not been able to do that in a long while. There are far too many threads going and I haven’t got time to read them all.

Now I pick a Forum (different order each day), and select specific topics to view. An awful lot of stuff on Mindless, Pointless, Silliness I Must Share I simply ignore. Questions in GD that ask about specific hardware or software that I don’t own or work with get ignored, too.
There are a lot of topics that appeal to an awful lot of diverse people.


I always start in MPSIMS and the Pit. I guess I just like to settle in and get comfy before I dive into the “big” forums. I go to GD after the Pit, then GQ. You will find very little of me in either of those forums, though, because as I have stated before, I’m only a pretend intellectual. I like to lurk around in them, but rarely do I have anything intelligent to say.

“Excrement. That is what I think of J. Evans Pritchard, PhD.” --Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society

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I go in order from GQ to MPSIMS to The Pit to Great Debates. The other forums I rarely, if ever, go to at all.

Yer pal,

I follow Satan’s path. (eek!)

I’m new here, and new to the internet. What first caught my eye here(got here from the Austin Chronicle website. I read Cecil’s column there, bein’ in the backwoods) was the Pit. I’d had a bad day, and it made me laugh. After a month now, it’s MPSIMS, Pit, and then GQ and GD. I’m reading other areas to try to understand more of what’s going on. The time I have here is mostly when I’m tired(not at work) so, for now, is mostly light, but I’m liking it more & more.

I go in order, starting at Cecil’s Columns (where I pick and choose topics), About this Message Board (starting at oldest unread thread and clicking next newest til I hit “No newer topics”), GQ (same), MPSIMS (same), BBQ (pick and choose topics). I never reach Mailbag or GD during the week (heck I don’t even always hit BBQ), but I pick through the topics on the weekends.

No, I don’t read all the topics. Since the subject shows up on the title bar, I just click “Next Newest” for a subject I’m not interested in without waiting until the page fully loads.

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Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

When I first got here, all of two months ago, the first place I stopped was the MPSIMS. I didn’t even venture into the other fora for a while after that. Now, I usually go to MPSIMS, then the BBQ pit, stop off in GQ, go to GD if I have time, then back to MPSIMS one last time before I leave. That’s what I did tonight, I’m on my second MPSIMS visit, and shall be leaving in about fifteen minutes when they close the lab.

“fora for a while”. Huh.

God is dead. -Nietzsche
Nietzsche is dead. -God
Neitzsche is God. -Dead

I go to GQ first; scroll down and check out the topics to see if anything interests me; look for ones I’ve replied to to see if anyone has replied to my reply. Then MPSIMS and the Pit.