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Dumping posts before hitting the "Submit" button .

Don't know whether others do this as well. When I write a post I usually check (self-edit) the post extra carefully before I submit it - sometimes over-critically, particularly the more lengthy ones, or the ones in the Phil&Rel, Politics, Faith and World News Sub-Forums. And then quite often, even after plenty of edits (I use preview quite a lot), I would decide to dump the post before the Submit stage. I'm just wondering whether I'm the only one who does that? Sort of a bit strange I think.

Reasons I may discard the posts are:

1. Maybe those reading it may not get what I'm saying because it may contain information that is specific to my environment and not easily understood by those outside my environment.

2. The contents of the post could be misinterpreted, particularly by people of different cultures or beliefs.

3. The post may provoke a discussion or comment I won't like for now.

4. I know the post will provoke a discussion or comment, but don't quite like what I said. Have to think about it a little more first.

5. It's one too many posts by me in the thread, I've already had my say and what I'm saying is almost a repeat of what I've said before.

6. The thread has come to an end, no need for more comments.

7. I'll wait to see how someone else answers first as it could be that I misinterpreted the topic.

8. I've responded to too many posts by the same person, the person may think I'm stalking him/her. Twisted Evil

9. I don't know enough about the subject, it may turn out to be a dumb post.

10. It is a dumb post.

Wonder how many posts I've dumped this way. Also, would have been nice if one could save posts to draft, so it would be easy to resurrect them if necessary. I do save some of the earnest doubtful ones in WordPad, but more often than not I dump the above category posts before the "Submit" stage.

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I've maybe dumped a post or two in the past. I think I dumped on of my posts because it was clear that there were people who were so determined to follow a particular line they would just ignore everything I said. It was one of those sensitive topics with some religious and life overtones. I might have scrapped a port on here once before. I might do it again but I haven't been on here long enough.
TheGremlyn on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:01 pm
I discard almost as many posts as I actually submit...
Ankhanu on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:25 pm
Yes lol, I bail usually because it becomes clear to me that I can't get my point across well enough to be constructive.
Josso on Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:21 am
Thank you for the comments. Can't be that crazy after all. Cool
deanhills on Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:37 am
I agree that sometimes, it is better to dump posts instead of submitting them. You do not want unwanted heated debates or unwanted replies that might offend you. I should be more careful when writing posts or comments on Frihost. I will try to ignore heated debates especially if I do not have enough information about the topic.
twotrophy on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:05 am
Nah, you're not strange in that one. I do it all over the place. I've also been known to delete stuff after posting it (almost immediately) as I felt I posted it when I shouldn't (not on these forums though)
GuidanceReader on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:18 am
I've done that too, Guidance Smile
Generally, when that happens, it's because I've made a post that's basically trolling, intended to inflame... decide that that's just not constructive/cool, and have to delete it before it's done its job. I'm a generally rational dude, but sometimes my emotions run a little way before I say "Hey now, that's not appropriate!" Razz
Ankhanu on Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:24 pm
I think it depends on the forum mostly. Some forums are less critical than others. For example, some specialise in technical related questions only so if something is astray mistakes or any of the things you mentioned above get ignored in favour of interpreting only the raw technical data. There are other examples Im sure as well. The topics you mentioned in Frihost are over-critically of what just is posted in them.
Bluedoll on Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:43 am
You're right BD. There are Forums where I'd be more cautious and self-critical of my posts than other Forums. There are also times when the content of a post is so clear in my head, everything would come out just right. Don't know whether you've had the experience, but some days I just don't seem to get the content right. Think those are the days especially when posts get aborted right at the "Submit" stage.
deanhills on Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:23 pm
Maybe you could expand on what you mean Dean by 'content' a little right here in this blog or in another location? Not sure completely about what you are thinking about?

I know I still hesitate because of put downs I received in the forum about my writing skills. I still can take a deep breath before submitting anywhere but I feel more comfortable when the person next to me (posting in the same topic) has trouble with writing but trying to express the best they can anyway.

If we feel intimidated because we are told we are not up to a standard then certainly we will hesitate to the point of not posting period.
Bluedoll on Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:21 am
I sometimes rewrite parts of a post, but I can't say I've ever just entirely deleted a response.

The only exception is facebook where I may sometimes remove a new comment I just made once I re-read the discussion including my own comment. Sometimes what seemed funny is no longer funny or is crossing a line of some sort.
Pande on Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:50 am

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