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tl;dr Considered Inane

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I don't know when the cool kids started saying it, but in the last two weks I've started seeing the abbreviation "tl;dr"
in various fora, standing for "too long; didn't read".
This sigil is then followed by some ill-considered comment on the subject at hand, generally addressed in the material the poster found too long and tiresome to read.

This ought to be obvious, but: if you don't care enough about the subject to cast your eyes over the body of the conversation that you're adding to, how is it that you care enough to add your two bits at the end? And if you announce upfront that you simply aren't interested in the topic at hand, what on earth could induce me to read what you have to say on the matter? Your announcement of contempt for your interlocutors reflects poorly on you, and your studied air of jaded unconcern is belied by your need to put in your comment. Child, if you really are too cool to care, show it in the only way possible: shut the hell up and go do something you care about.

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21 July 2011 - 08:01 PM

Just kidding. I know how you feel. I hate a few things about comments. One is you have over 100 keys on your keyboard, USE THEM ALL! I so detest abbreviations in comments, not to mention ones that are mean. It's like were did the respect go? I know there isa bunch of information available on almost every subject imaginable, and some of them are lengthy in nature, but if you truly are interested in a subject then you would take the time to read what the author says about that subject. Even if you don't agree with them you still learn something.


22 July 2011 - 09:35 AM
As someone who often writes posts that are tl I don't really get offended when someone dr and tells me so. I do find it irritating when someone make a comment that shows that not only was the conversation to long to read but also too long to skim. They make off-topic remarks based upon the subject line or one statement that caught their eye.

Basically though. At least prefixing tl;dr lets you know where they are coming from.
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