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I know this is a minor thing but I am curious as what is the difference between Thumbing someones Topic and then Thumbing their original post? Do each of those Thumbs go to the orignal poster? I certainly understand that when you Thumb an original post or follow-up comment that those people get those Thumbs. Who gets the Thumbs when you Thumb the topic.

Although alot of times there is close to the same number of Thumbs on a topic as there is on an original post but other times there is a huge difference. Thanks
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Maybe you liked the idea of the topic, but didn't think the OP did it justice. But yes the original poster does get both thumbs.
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I (generally) thumb a thread if it has two of these three things:
* Interesting or informative
* Has at least a few posters and relevant discussion
* Needs more (positive) attention and/or discussion

I (generally) thumb the original post if it has 3 of these 4 things:
* Interesting or informative
* Well-written or well-composed
* Isn't vitriol
* Brings to light something I wasn't previously aware of


They're pretty gross generalizations. I'm sure there are lots of other reasons I thumb things, but I always thumb based on content. I consider thumbing the thread as thumbing the discussion, not necessarily the original post.

Sometimes a poster might put something that is mostly drivel, but it drives some people to have an interesting discussion in the thread. Then I may thumb the thread, but not the OP.
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wadenels wrote:
I (generally) thumb a thread if it has two of these three things:
* Interesting or informative
* Has at least a few posters and relevant discussion
* Needs more (positive) attention and/or discussion

I (generally) thumb the original post if it has 3 of these 4 things:
* Interesting or informative
* Well-written or well-composed
* Isn't vitriol
* Brings to light something I wasn't previously aware of


They're pretty gross generalizations. I'm sure there are lots of other reasons I thumb things, but I always thumb based on content. I consider thumbing the thread as thumbing the discussion, not necessarily the original post.

Sometimes a poster might put something that is mostly drivel, but it drives some people to have an interesting discussion in the thread. Then I may thumb the thread, but not the OP.


Ok that makes sense. I noticed that sometimes certain people will thumb my original post and not the thread/topic and other times it will be vice versa. If I like the orignal post I almost always thumb both the post and thread. I didnt know if there was a certain protocal that people follow on here or if it is pretty much just individual taste.
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Omahavice wrote:
Ok that makes sense. I noticed that sometimes certain people will thumb my original post and not the thread/topic and other times it will be vice versa. If I like the orignal post I almost always thumb both the post and thread. I didnt know if there was a certain protocal that people follow on here or if it is pretty much just individual taste.


Yep, no solid rules. My general rule is similar, but simpler:

- Thumb the thread if I think that the (whole) thread itself is interesting for some reason.

- Thumb the original post if I think that that post itself is interesting.

I may do one, both, or neither. But it is fairly rare that I'll thumb the thread but not the OP.
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In terms of actual effects, both credit a thumb to the starter of the thread, so you can award two thumbs. (Of course, if you really want to, you can "thumb-bomb" someone by going to the Contributions section of their profile and thumbing everything they've posted.) The other effect is that the thread thumb count appears when the thread is listed and raises its "hotness".
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dcclark wrote:
Omahavice wrote:
Ok that makes sense. I noticed that sometimes certain people will thumb my original post and not the thread/topic and other times it will be vice versa. If I like the orignal post I almost always thumb both the post and thread. I didnt know if there was a certain protocal that people follow on here or if it is pretty much just individual taste.


Yep, no solid rules. My general rule is similar, but simpler:

- Thumb the thread if I think that the (whole) thread itself is interesting for some reason.

- Thumb the original post if I think that that post itself is interesting.

I may do one, both, or neither. But it is fairly rare that I'll thumb the thread but not the OP.


My unofficial policy also.
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I agree. That's why I thumbed both the thread, and the OP.
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Thanks for asking this - I've been wondering the same thing. Now to do some thumbing...
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I agree. That's why I thumbed both the thread, and the OP.

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I'm pretty indiscriminate about thumbing individual posts - if I think it was worth posting I'll probably thumb it.

I have been trying to use tips more, and possibly not thumb so much, but it is actually easier to thumb anything relevant and polite than make judgement calls!

I only thumb threads if I want to be able to find them again in the future (via contributions - thumbs given) even after they've gone quiet, so wouldn't come in if I'd subscribed. Typically an especially interesting discussion, or a DIY tutorial.

But with this thread or similar ones it's interesting to see different people's views, so I've thumbed the first and subsequent posts, but I doubt I'll want to refer to it again, so I've not thumbed the topic.

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