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Post Reply Do you ever type out a comment, rant, or explanation and as soon as you're done delete it all?
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
Do you ever do this? (Do you ever type out a comment, rant, or explanation and as soon as you're done delete it all?)

Not simply out of rethinking what you're going to say. But because you want to say something, and once its typed out without anyone else seeing it - you're satisfied with just that and delete it.

I do it all the time. Sometimes I lose my original thought and start a rant or just feel like the comment Im about to post isnt needed. More often than not, I post my original thoughts and just leave it out of lack of fucks to give.

What do you do? Vote and discuss
Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
"once its typed out without anyone else seeing it - you're satisfied with just that and delete it"
That would be ayes

But i'm unlikely to lose control. I'm more inclined to summarize a lot into bite-size. I'd want it to capture every thought at that moment but someone reading it would not see that. Whereas, I'd be happy with the ambiguity and that it's enough to tell me a story.
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I do that all the time, especially on Yahoo! Answers. I'll go through all the trouble of thinking of a good response, looking up statistics or whatever, double-checking grammar and punctuation, then decide 'it doesn't matter' and delete it. I guess that all part of being a Gemini.
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Yeah not gunna lie I do that fairly often.

I will spend like 15 mins writing out this in-depth, well thought out comment just to delete it and write something simple like 'yes i do that as well'.
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21 / M / England
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Posted 3/1/15
I mean yeah i do that too.
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You're all in good company, Abraham Lincoln used to do this as well. Here's an excerpt from Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" :

"........Lincoln had suffered through inept and bungling generals for the first three years of the war. McClellen, Pope, Burnside, and Hooker... but in the summer of 1863, it seemed that the Union under General Meade would finally be able to crush the confederacy. Lee had stumbled badly at Gettysburg and needed to flee back across the Potomac to regroup and survive. But the Potomac was swollen and crossing was impossible. Sensing victory at hand, Lincoln sent both a telegraph and a special messenger to Meade specifically instructing him not to hold a war council but to attack immediately. What did Meade do? He held his war council and delayed. Because of that delay Lee had the time to move his troops across the river to safety.

Lincoln was crushed. In anger he composed this letter:

"My dear General,

I do not believe you appreciate the magnitude of the misfortune involved in Lee's escape. He was within our easy grasp, and to have closed upon him would, in connection with our other late successes, have ended the war. As it is, the war will be prolonged indefinitely. If you could not safely attack Lee last Monday, how can you possibly do so south of the river, when you can take with you very few - no more than 2/3's of the force you then had in hand? It would be unreasonable to expect and I do no expect that you can now effect much. Your golden opportunity is gone, and I am distressed immeasurably because of it."

What do you suppose Meade did when he read that letter?... He never did. Lincoln never sent the letter. It was found later amongst Lincoln's papers following his death. Why didn't he send it? Because he had come to grips with a critical spirit and determined to defeat it......."

Lincoln probably was able to empathize with General Meade, understanding that Meade had just seen the most horrible battle of the Civil War, and was likely weary of all the blood.

I think that you're making the right call by not going through with posting your rants. Often times, an angry cyber outburst only makes it worse!
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Posted 3/1/15
I have done that a few times, normally I have calmed down by the time I am finished writing the rant.
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23 / M / Texas
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Posted 3/1/15
Sometimes, it helps me vent. I don't want to piss people off mostly. But its just a good way to vent.
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It is never to one's discredit to stop and consider things before pressing the "post reply" button, nor is it to their discredit to ultimately resolve not to do so.
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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
I just punch a wall, I'm not intelligent enough to do that.
Posted 3/1/15
You have no idea...
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Posted 3/4/15
Indeed, SOMETIMES!
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20 / M / Arkansas
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Sometimes I get a knife and go up behind people I dislike, and consider slitting their throat, then usually change my mind.
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Posted 3/4/15

sunstormglacialmeteor wrote:

Sometimes I get a knife and go up behind people I dislike, and consider slitting their throat, then usually change my mind.

dang that is pretty dark

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24 / F / United States, DE
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Posted 3/4/15 , edited 3/4/15
I do this a lot on Facebook. I usually end up deleting a rant before actually posting it either because I feel like it will cause more trouble than it's worth, or I just don't see the point in posting or commenting anymore.

I avoid posting anything controversial or debate/conflict worthy on the internet if I can help it. I like to keep those kinds of conversations face to face.
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