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Life Is Too Short To Waste On Threads With Non-Descriptive Titles - Or Am I Just Old And Crabby?

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  1. Kano383

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    Forums are about communication and exchange of information - or opinions. Taking the time to provide a title that communicates what the post is about is... well, communicating, getting heard, letting people know what it is about, so they can either read with interest, or skip because it’s not what they’re looking for.

    Simple basic life skills, unfortunately lost on too many. Like when there were handwritten ads on a board in supermarkets, and the majority of them had a bold black title that you could read ten yards away, saying “FOR SALE”, and you had to come right to the board and stick your nose on the damn card with a magnifier to find, on line 4, that it was a baby crib, when you were actually looking for a truck. “FOR SALE”, yes Sir (or Ma’am), I guess so since you took the time to write that card, but WHAT the heck are you selling, if I may ask?

    No crabbyness, you just like things that serve the purpose... Like a card saying in bold letters “FORD F150”, that would convey a useful message and not waste your time.
     
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    I have some health issues and take a beta-blocker; a drug that blocks the effects of adrenaline. If you couple that with being retired, I now rarely pull the trigger on poor communication.

    Of course, this formula is not a panacea to life’s aggravations. Gun control advocates still push my dosage to the limit of its effectiveness. But I rarely dawn my grammar police badge or keyboard commando helmet to engage in fruitless insults. Avoidance is a virtue.

    There will always be people with whom you disagree. Once you accept that, life’s journey becomes much more enjoyable. And it doesn’t take a doctor’s prescription to cure.
     
  3. morcey2

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    I completely agree.

    And you really should have said "You're" instead of "Your" in the second sentence.

    :D:p
     
  4. Hooda Thunkit

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    I actually laughed out loud.

    Hysterical !
     
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  5. old lady new shooter

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    I think he meant the one that says "I only have so many heartbeats left. I am not wasting them on things that are not fun."
     
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    I was a teaching assistant at UCLA in the mid-70's. Bear in mind, UCLA at that time only accepted the top 12.5% of high school graduates. An alarming percentage of my students could not write a clear, grammatically correct English sentence.
     
  7. bikerdoc

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    Old and cranky doesnt bother me, wrinkled and saggy does.
     
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    IMO, it's manipulative, instead of only folks who are interested clicking on the thread, most folks have to read the
    entire first post, now, just to see if it pertains to something in which they are interested . I just ignore crappy headlines,
    I figure the OP is a jack-hole, or trolling, from the start.
     
  9. shuvelrider

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    You are right, that's what happens when trying to type, whilst tired-----------------:p
     
  10. Mn Fats

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    I just wasted life on a thread with a descriptive title. Possibly more than with one that wasn't as descriptive.
     
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  11. entropy

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    I think you mean exorbitant.
     
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    I think this is your problem. Cheddar cheese, seriously? You need a warm gooey mild cheese heated to a stringy consistency.

    Very often, more seriously now, the success of a thread in terms of interest lies in the correct wording of the title. Often times people (I have done it) try to come up with something catchy, and yes - perhaps slightly misleading, to wiggle as bait to those lurking over the thread titles. The fact is that there is very little "original" stuff out there to post. Well, maybe 9mm vs. .45 might be original, or perhaps; GLOCK - perfection or ruin? But you get the idea. Anyway, point is, a forum is like an open market. Stop at the stands that have signs that attract you and pass the others by. Meanwhile, keep eating that cheese.
     
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    I agree with the OP. Teaser titles are in the same league as clickbait on social media. It doesn't require mad skills to put a few relevant words in the title of the post. It's a matter of courtesy and thoughtfulness.
    But it's not my circus, not my monkeys so I enjoy what interests me and don't wander into blind alleys.
     
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  14. OneFreeTexan

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    Who said “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. And. “It’s all small stuff”. Was it Clint?
     
  15. Frank Ettin

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    That, the first sentence of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", is one of the most effect first sentences in literature. It both introduces what the story is about and stimulates the reader's curiosity. And thus Kafka gives us all a lesson in grabbing a reader's attention.

    One of the best ways to help learn to write well is to read a lot of good writing. Unfortunately, it's getting harder to find good writing.

    Once upon a time, if someone wanted to expose a lot of people to what he had written, he'd need to get his words printed onto paper, bind the paper into book or magazine form, and convince a lot of people to buy it.

    And to get his writing printed onto paper, etc., he'd need to convince someone called a publisher to do it (or pay for it himself). Publishers tended to be critical folks because printing words onto paper, binding the paper, and getting folks to buy it were all difficult and expensive undertakings. And also publishers, and their cohort, editors, tended to have fancy educations and were therefore tough to satisfy.

    Of course that meant that a lot of people who wanted to have their words read by others never got the chance. But it also meant that much of whatever did get published out in the world was at least decently written (even if it might also have been dumb, boring or wrong). The fact that there were editors also had something to do with that.

    But today so much of what we read is in cyberspace, and pretty much anyone, whether he can write or not, can for a pittance, if that much, see his thoughts accessible to pretty much everyone in the world with Internet access. And writing has ceased to be a craft and become a mere pastime.
     
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    Ah, but for those frustrated novelists there is always the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Tempting as it may be to start a thread "It was a dark and stormy night..." no one should be surprised when things run off the rails soon after.
     
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    Darn; now I have to start all my threads with " It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." or "Call me Ishmeal." ;)
     
  18. 45Frank

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    Well hello!
    My daighter visited over 4th of July and when she left told me I was a grumpy grouchy old man. Oh well hello world.

     
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