The Value Of Tl;dr Help

Discussion in 'Using the Forum' started by TheeLadyG, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. TheeLadyG

    TheeLadyG Valued Member Member

    So, I was just reading a post and ran across a thing that I think might help a lot of people. Not everybody on these message boards is as internet-savvy as others, so you may want to know a little bit of internet shorthand to help your posts be more clear.

    tl;dr = Too Long; Didn't Read

    Basically, a post ends up going on and on (sometimes in an entertaining way!), and people who may be able to help you start to glaze over and miss important details of what you are trying to say/ask. Not all of us have the mental space/time to read a long post, either *cough*

    You can type all the awesome story you want full of colorful anecdotes and flowery prose... but then, at the bottom of your post type a quick summary, sometimes referred to as "the tl;dr."

    That way, when someone like me has time to read a great long post, we can! Or when we don't, we can just get right to it and help you out.

    tl;dr= use tl;dr to summarize a long post into quick-bite facts to help those who want to help you get straight to the point.

  2. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    TL, DR. :)
  3. midna

    midna Well Known Member Member

    my eyes glazed over just seeing the multiple paragraphs in this thread haha my attention span is shot

    but yeah, it would be helpful if some people included a little tldr summary in their more prolific posts
  4. OP

    TheeLadyG Valued Member Member

    My thought is, if we can get this to be part of the "culture" here on the board a lot more people might get their questions answered!
  5. puffer boi

    puffer boi Well Known Member Member

    i doubt it.
  6. OP

    TheeLadyG Valued Member Member

    That's the spirit! XD
  7. david1978

    david1978 Fishlore VIP Member

    I do prefer the short and to the point posts. I dont even care if there not in sentences.
  8. KimberlyG

    KimberlyG Fishlore VIP Member

    I have to disagree. There are many times I need those long posts to understand what is going on in their tank. I appreciate all information up front so I don't have to go searching for it in subsequent post that have asked for more information.
  9. OP

    TheeLadyG Valued Member Member

    Yeah see, that's what I'm saying, you have the best of both worlds. The long story, and then a quick fact summary at the bottom!
  10. Zoomo

    Zoomo Well Known Member Member

    I am one who types a bit too much but I feel I have to explain everything and background info so there are not a thousand questions, but I also like to write, so....

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