Do you base your response off the background you have read from the person or do you respond as if you know nothing?
If we weren't supposed to respond with someone's history in mind, wouldn't it be pointless to have usernames and post/topic history?
We could also be giving advice that is completely pointless to the individual.
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06-11-2013 10:30 #1
*spin off* posting history
06-11-2013 10:37 #2
Yes I do.
06-11-2013 10:39 #3
Yep sure do.
06-11-2013 10:41 #4Senior Member
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Yes and no. Normally I base it on recent history of the topic. If its a bit old I try and temper my responses with the idea that things may have changed, etc. But mainly yes.
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06-11-2013 10:45 #5
I generally try to just answer the question, but I will temper my answer based on what I know of the OP, iykwim. Like, if it's someone that has been going through a rough time I might be more gentle in my response. If someone's pulling the PLOM act when they have been aggressive or offensive on other posts I would call them on it. Sometimes a person's history paints a picture of a person who is either lying or a bit delusional/unaware I may avoid the thread. I mean, real life conversations don't exist in a void, and certainly when offering advice it helps to have more context to respond to.
06-11-2013 10:56 #6
I often don't remember anything about a person or their history; unless it is something that has really stood out over time.
Some users, yes, I am less willing to give supportive advice or answer their posts at all if I have mostly disagreed with the majority of their posts on BH or if they consistently come across as negative/rude- however I rarely ever look at an individual's past posts etc- I can honestly say that in the entire time I've been a member I have only ever had a look at someone's previous posts if I am suspicious of them, ie; troll posting etc.
06-11-2013 11:05 #7
I usually base my responses on what I know about the poster, if I know anything about them.
06-11-2013 11:05 #8
Yes I do, I'm a huge reader of posts more than an actual poster and I have a really good memory.
I don't think there is anything wrong with basing an answer to a post based on previous threads or posts.
Also guilty of reading old posts from time to time usually because somebody has said something that has sparked interest. Plus I just love to read in general.
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06-11-2013 11:10 #9Senior Member
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I read alot but my memory is shocking. Sometimes I see a few red flags and go back and view posters profile and latest topics if its something I find really contradictory. Other than that im a mushroom.
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06-11-2013 11:17 #10
Yeah, mostly. I don't remember all their history, but I usually remember at least a little bit of detail about each regular member and adjust my response accordingly.
I think it would be absurd to deliberately act like you know nothing more about them than what they give in that one post... it would be like your friend coming to you with yet another complaint against her bf and you acting like it's the first time you've heard it. It's weird.
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