I logged on tonight and saw pretty much the identical question one right after the other.
I know this happens when there is breaking news, but my question is; how often do you look at previous posts in order not to duplicate?
As I have been on this site for a while, I see many of the same subjects being posted over and over again and am curious if anyone thinks that they are the first to think of putting it here.
I usually don't look before I post. I'm posting an article or observation to share my views and or see what others think. I'm not looking for points, pals or commendations. If there is going to be rules, regulations, policies other than simple good manners than count me out. I often sometimes to my detriment, don't even check to see if there are other comments before commenting myself. I read many, many different newspapers, articles, listen to Ted talks, podcasts and watch Youtube videos. I come here for the conversations, views and others' offerings I may not have heard or seen before.
Do you really need to regulate what's on tap?
I'm not certain, but think my few posts haven't been very .... 'Current newsy' so I've not searched, yea, there's a pinch of 'lazy' involved.
If, however, I were so moved as to create a post involving current news, I'd likely scan for similar items.
I so dislike being a copycat...
I wasn't aware of the "spyglass" feature - does it only appear when viewing the site via the app (which I don't use)? If so, that could be part of the reason we get so many near-duplicate posts - people logging in from computers and new users using phones who haven't yet found and downloaded the app wouldn't know it was there, whereas if they can see it they're more likely to be inclined to search before posting.
"I logged on tonight and saw pretty much the identical question one right after the other."
Posts are curated. So, if there's breaking news, for example, several people may post within the same timeframe and not be aware that other's posted the same thing because the posts don't go live in the feed for a while.