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How do I manage responding to forum responses better?

I have a dilemma, I always join forums like this and post questions on them and try to have a good time and be communicative -- but after a while, once I post a forum thread that gets a lot of responses, I can never manage responding to all the respondents.

It's overwhelming, each response leads to more responses, and I just can't talk to everyone all of the time or ever in response.

I'll private message a few people privately to thank them for their responses at times, or to talk to them more in detail -- but even then things can get confusing since I can get a lot of private and forum responses to manage.

I'll soon be unable to get back to everyone timely or ever, and feel as if I come off rude, distant, unresponsive, or selfish for getting my answers and not responding back -- or seeming like I got what I wanted and just disappeared.

What do I do to manage this problem better? How do I respond to forum responses better? How do I respond to forum responses? What do I do?


First of all: don't give up. Whatever struggle lies ahead as long as you persevere, you can do it, eventually. Dream big. Make schedules.

Do it little by little. One reply at a time. Don't be discouraged by the sheer overwhelmness of it. Quality over quantity.

If Sylverster Stallone can make it, you can make it. We all can make it, together we are stronger. Be yourself. A winner is someone who never quit when everybody else do.

In extreme cases you might need some extra hands. Hire a personal assistant to help you go through. Or two. Just remember, Rome wasn't built in one day.


I open all my responses in new tabs. If I see a new notification while I'm responding to those tabs, I ignore it until I'm done.


I do this, too.


I've never had to do more than 20, but when you go one at a time, it's the most organized way.


> I post a forum thread that gets a lot of responses, I can never manage responding to all the respondents.

I wouldn't worry about it. It's one thing if your OP was something like, "I have a problem and I need help solving it." Then I think it's courteous to thank people for their attempts to help. Even then it might not be realistically possible and you might have to post at the end of the thread, "I couldn't thank everyone individually but I appreciate your efforts."

But if your OP was just, "what do you think of ___" then you're just opening a topic of conversation. And if there are too many responses to acknowledge personally it sounds like the respondents are talking to each other as much as to you. I don't think you need to interact with every single person in that case.