I answered a very lengthy question today concerning this girl who allowed herself to be put out of a car,in the middle of the street,because the douchbag couldn't take her all the way home. Why? Because he was late to see a game. In addition,he showed up late to the date unapologetically. She revealed this in about the first 4 sentences,and then I skimmed down further in her BOOK of a question,and I decided there was no reason to. With the little bit of skimming I did,I realized what the situation WAS and how I would respond to it...and I was correct. Of course the guy continued to disrespect her and somehow SHE wanted him back...even though he treats her like garbage.
My point is,sometimes you can get the meat out of question without having to read all of it. The worst question on here are the ones that discourage users from WANTING to read them with a whole bunch of unnecessary information that is not crucial to the story. " I like him but then I had a peanut butter jelly sandwich at about 5pm which was really good.And then I watched one of my favorite movies with some popcorn...yummm.He then sent me a text that said he wanted to break up.And then my mom came home and she was like,"Why didn't you take out the garbage? And I was like,Its because I was eating this sandwich,and watching this movie,and then I got this breakup text message". Gag,why would he break up with me?
This is a PRIME example of WHY a user would STOP reading an answer. Irrelevant information,in a post that fills up 95 percent of the characters allowed for posting a question equals...attention span wandering. I think long post can be great providing all of the info is crucial to the story and will further help a user to understand the situation. But damn it,MOST times on this site...GIRLS Especially feel the need to write what they had in the morning for breakfast,what color of shoes they wore,every single word of a 5 minute texting conversation etc etc.
I usually read most posts all the way through,but if I find that I am wasting moments of my life reading things irrelevant to the story...I WON'T.